Through my early adulthood, I was painfully shy. If someone complimented my appearance or accomplishments, I was uncomfortable.
Today, I see where introverted people can be unjustly perceived as self- absorbed, superior, even conceited.
As a Nursing Instructor, I observe students of all ages feeling very preoccupied, stressed, even self - absorbed. Both extroverts and introverts feel as though all eyes are on them. They can be unduly harsh and critical of themselves, for example with an oral presentation.
In actuality, things that are of glaring concern to others may not even be noticed by others.
I am reminded of an Aesop's Fable from my younger days, 'The Gnat and The Bull."
The Gnat and the Bull: Aesop's Fable
Once there was a silly gnat who kept buzzing about the head of a bull.
Finally he settled himself down upon one of the bull's horns.
"Pardon me, Mr Bull." he said, "if I am inconveniencing you. If my
weight in any way is burdensome to you, pray say so, and I will be off
in a moment."
"Oh, never trouble your head about that," replied the bull. "It is all the same to me whether you go or stay. To tell you the truth, I was not even aware that you were there."
THE SMALLER THE MIND, THE GREATER THE CONCEIT! Lesson learned, time after time.
The older the mind (as in yours truly) the easier it is to laugh at the minor wrinkles, of any kind, that life likes to toss us on a daily basis.
Thanks to my South African sistah, Martie Coetser-Posyn, who recently shared this song with me, knowing I was in need of a dose of humor with a splash of perspective. Take a look at this video of pure joy--at least to me!
A happy introduction
Meet Adalyn Marie, who joined us at 9:45 P.M. on July 31st - the beautiful daughter of my nephew, Jared and his lovely wife, Jenne.
Until next week, sending you smiles and sunshine,
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