FOR INTROVERTS & EMPATHS (& HIGHLY-SENSITIVE PEOPLE)
Introverts thrive on quiet time. They gain energy and strength from being alone, and are oriented to the inner world of ideas and thoughts.
Empaths have the innate ability to read and understand people. They are compassionate and considerate, and have the ability to “feel” what someone else is experiencing and feeling.
Recognizing my introverted, empathic nature as a quiet power to be prized, rather than a condition to be cured, has made all the difference.
This light bulb moment came after reading the insightful and thought-provoking book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a wonderful read that has served as my very own game-changing, Introvert Manifesto.
It also started me on a path towards encouraging other empathic introverts to embrace their inner sensitive, solitude-seeking selves. The world needs our thoughtfulness, sensitivity, creativity and quiet leadership!
ON BEING CONTENT
After deciding to live life more mindfully and authentically, the next step was determining exactly what I needed in order to be content.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines contentment as a state of happiness and satisfaction. Its definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus is ease of mind: satisfaction. Both sound good to me!
But contentment isn’t trying to be happy or avoiding feeling sad. Contentment is a decision that evokes an attitude. It involves focusing on inner satisfaction regardless of changing external circumstances.