Once I realized I was doing a terrible job of listening to and standing up for others, I realized it was because I wasn’t listening to or standing up for myself or my values either.
Extroverts rule society’s assumptions about behavior because of their natural confidence. It doesn’t help that introverts tend to avoid conflict whenever possible. As a result, we are made to believe we must be outgoing and overly confident to gain success.
Have you ever read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? It is a story that was created to explain how nature and everything in it are all various forms of one spirit: the spirit of the universe.
In The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck explains that life isn’t about stagnancy, it’s about evolution. He describes spiritual balance as a commitment to reality, love and the possibility of change.
The epitome of failure: it has to be one of the worst feelings on the planet. It’s when you know you’ve screwed up, when you have to admit it, when there’s nothing else for you to do but surrender, confess your wrongs and learn from your mistakes.
Sensitivity. I’m in the middle of an unrelenting war with this aspect of my personality. Normally, I’m so busy fighting it that it seems counterproductive to publicly analyze its existence. But, I’ve decided to do just that in an attempt to help myself. We’ll see how it goes.