Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yesterday Was

Yesterday was such a great book study.  I believe it was the best book study that I have ever been a part of frankly.  Two colleagues and I discussed the book Quiet and made our own Quiet revolution in our discussion.  It was so cool to be able to connect for 3 and half hours discussing our introverted lives and understanding why we are the way we are.  We aren't apologizing anymore and thinking that we have a problem.  Introvertism is a gift that needs to be explored.  Epiphanies were had and freedom was just at my finger tips.  I wrote this poem today to celebrating these epiphanies.  Hope you enjoy it and "get it."

By Maureen Ucles

Rather pudgy
Based on the
Weight I gained
Seemed so insane
The stress
In such a hurry
To get to…

I have gone
Closed the door
Turned the key
No more worries,
Not for me
No more pain
No, not in the least
I am
Free like MLK
or maybe LBJ
Returning home to Cleveland
Not a care
Not a worry

Free like lunches
Served up piping hot
soup kitchens
homeless shelters
Free like…
Government cheese
Grilled to perfection
Free like…
Free like...
That would be...
That would be
Open the gates
Let the shackles fall
Down, down, down
This is surreal
Mind blowing
In slow motion
Under water
No noise do I hear
‘cept sweet serenity
Just like me
So free

Let the cell walls crumble
I'm a
Walking out
Solitary confined me
No more
Light of day
Sears my eyes
Doesn’t matter
In the least
‘cause baby
I am free
On my own
Free like a bird
In the Southern sky
In December
Water all up in my eyes
Face and cheeks
Baptismal font

Simply free
Am I
To be more
Do more
Be ME!
Out of the box...
Look out y'all!

Some kinda good,
all the way to great
All of the above
Out of controlling
My emotions

Spectacularly free!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Needing Down Time

Talking about my findings from this book is a joy.   I have opened a gift of great value and I need to share it.  Share it I have. I have shared this with many different people that are like me.  The funny thing is that they are fascinated by it and can't wait to buy it themselves.  One person snapped a photo in their iPhone.  Another looked it up on Amazon during a break at one of my workshops and bought it. Today, I had the book on a table, while I was unpacking my computer.  A lady that I didn't know walked by and commented on it.  "That's a great book!  I bought it for my sister!" No doubt it has touched many people's lives and has given them the answers about themselves. My brother in law is so very interested in it.  I told my sister about it and she told him all that I was learning.  He is definitely an introvert.  He far more introverted than I am.  We share many of the same traits though.  I remember talking with him about weekends.  I told him that I do not like having any plans during my weekend.  It is my time to decompress and chill, if you will.  If I don't have my down time, then I am no good to anyone.  He agreed with me.  He also agreed that making small talk is worse than root canals and the silence and lull in the conversation.  I abhor small talk.  More to post later.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blogging and Being an Introvert

How could a person who is an introvert love to blog?  Isn't that counter intuitive?  Should an introvert not want to put themselves out there?  Funny as it may seem, blogging and "putting yourself out there" is a safe place.  I love to blog even though I may not do it all the time.  How is it that introverts are drawn to the Internet and social media? It is a comfortable environment. First of all, there are no people to interrupt you.  The stimulus is less and it can be a peaceful, yet exhilarating experience.. I am an introvert and at times, blogging is my stress reliever and way to get my ideas out there.  Lord knows that I have tons of thoughts racing through my mind for weeks before they come out on the page. Lots of thoughts, words, ideas and time process.  Love it!  Here is a post from my blog  I wrote about the book Quiet and how it has helped me understand and accept my gift of being an introvert.

Introverts from Just Write Baby 1,2,3...go!

Safe Haven To Just Be

Welcome to Come to the Quiet...shhh!  This is my first post.  I am looking forward to finding out more about myself using Susan Cane's book Quiet.  A few friends and I are journeying together.  We are reading and responding to what we learn about ourselves and others while reading this fantastic book.  Come along if you want...come to the quiet!