In the age of bare-your-emotions-to-the-world (and probably most of your body, too), those of us not converted to the Church of Oprah will find this advice useful:
How to Be More Introverted if You’re an Extrovert
It is very important to note that extroversion is a natural and healthy personality trait. However, it can be worthwhile for the extrovert to cultivate a few contemplative practices. If you’re an extrovert, perhaps you’ve never considered how a rich inner life can bring positive benefits for both you and the people you care about. This article seeks to help an interested, extroverted reader learn how time spent in social relationships and quiet solitude can both be fulfilling.
Speak to me babe!
Give up the spotlight here and there. A very extroverted person is comfortable drawing attention to himself or herself. Maybe you’re the one always leading a conversation, cracking jokes, and being the life of the party. It doesn’t hurt, however, to play the role of a quiet person once in a while. You might observe things you’ve never noticed before because, as an extrovert, you’re probably already well-attuned to people. Being quiet and observant will amplify that sensitivity, because you won’t be as busy entertaining.
Go read the rest, and if you do decide to keep a journal asking yourself,
- How did I feel today?
- What did I learn today?
- What ideas did I come up with today?
- How was today different than yesterday? Than last week? Than last year?
- What were my favorite (and least favorite) parts of the day and why?
Do the rest of us a favor and don’t blog it.