Are you an "Innie?" Over the years, I have realized that I am much more of an introvert than an extrovert. As I have learned more about introverts, I realize that I too recharge in quiet. I am not anti social by any means, I love my friendships! But I tend to enjoy deeper talk, the one on one type. And I find that I have less social stamina than the extroverts I know. I need mental margin in order to be the creative person that God designed me to be.
Over the years people have contacted me asking for a list of blogs I would recommend for them to read. That is always a really hard question for me to answer because for myself it's quiet that I crave for inspiration. You would be far more likely to find me cuddled on a couch reading aloud to my kids than reading a blog. And yet I blog... is that a contradiction? Ha! Probably.
Even Facebook is too noisy for me most of the time. While I love to check in to see how I can be praying for or encouraging people, I find that I am more often met with too many posts that demonstrate how easily offended we Christians can be by an unbelieving world. I just don't have the emotional energy to be offended by red cups or the latest upset. As I remember the Lord's command in Proverbs 22:24: Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man. Do not associate with one easily angered. I find it is easier to simply log off and find quiet.
I will literally go weeks without even opening Facebook. Did you know that if you don't open Facebook for weeks, they will begin to send you emails to try to entice you back with all you might be missing? It's true! I get those emails all the time.
With a couple of my dearest friends on Instagram, I finally succumbed to joining them. I really did not want more noise in my life, but one of my friends who had left Facebook for Instagram convinced me it would be a good thing.
It's been about a year now and I realize that I really enjoy the quiet of Instagram. It's just photos. I don't follow people with loud political opinions or axes to grind. In fact, I don't follow many people at all and it's not personal because unlike Facebook that doesn't mean we are "friends" or not friends. We are just following or not. It's quiet allows me to share simple and creative moments that I would ordinarily tend to just keep to myself.
I enjoy looking back over the year and the thought that I can easily make a photo book from our little square photo moments at any time.
As 2015 winds down, I thought I would share some photos from this year's Instagram feed. No words, just moments for those of you who enjoy photos.
So, here's to finding quiet in a noisy world, my friends. May you be blessed. :)