Though I do identify as an introvert in most cases, these two articles perfectly capture some of my recent thoughts about introversion vs. extroversion and the whole “introvert movement.” I still love the whole study of personality types and I always have fun with introvert-centered pictures, memes, articles, and all that, but I do think that in real-life living and relationships it’s about time we left off our extreme labeling (and resulting prejudices) and simply focused on being ourselves, in our own unique and special ways.
“Standing as I do in view of God and eternity,
I realise that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”
~ Edith Cavell
Recently I was watching a BBC series set in a WWI French army hospital, in which the name of Edith Cavell and the above quote was mentioned (although I have to point out that, not too surprisingly, the BBC left out the first part of the quote mentioning God and eternity). It compelled me to do more research on this brave woman.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance,
you must keep moving.”
~ Albert Einstein
This quote reminds me of something else I heard once: You can’t steer a stopped car. So get in and start driving. (That’s my rough personalized rendition.)
This is a huge motivator for me right now. Uncertainty in my life has been a big roadblock for a while now, and I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. So whatever we might be struggling with in our lives–indecision, uncertainty, monotony–we might actually get somewhere if we stop worrying and sitting there wishing something different would happen, and start doing something about it.
“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . .”
Ralph Waldo Emerson may not have been a Christian, but he did manage to land spot on as far as this concept goes.