Have you ever known a quiet person? They can seem disconnected from what is happening around them, sometimes in their ‘own little world’. Often sitting quietly on the sidelines, invisible, while others carry on with conversations, human interactions, boldly voicing what is on their minds, while the quiet one seems to have nothing valuable to add at all.
I know the disposition of the quiet one well. I was very, very shy as a child and very quiet. I was aware of how shy and timid I was, yet that’s just the way I was. I cannot tell you how many times I heard the remark “What’s the matter Robin? Can’t you talk?”. I hated it! Oh please, if you encounter a quiet child, do not say that! I remember shrinking deeper into my shyness at hearing that.
I did overcome a lot of my shyness by the time I was in high school. It felt so good to come out of that shell! Such freedom to speak and to laugh! I still retain the quieter nature that God wired in me, part of what makes me who I am, and I still hear people say from time to time how quiet I am.
What’s difficult about being a quiet person? Being unnoticed and easily overlooked. Having valuable things to say and contribute but not feeling the freedom to share it. Getting lost in a crowd of people who speak boldly and often. Hearing what everyone else has to say but not having the opportunity or boldness to participate or interject in conversation. Being misjudged as unfriendly and unapproachable.
What’s great about it? Well, as my teenaged son, who is also on the quieter side, stated, ‘when you’re quiet and everyone else is doing the talking, you learn a lot about people’. This is certainly true. We are great listeners! We ponder and think deeply about many things. And, when I am tired or preoccupied or upset, I can shrink back into my little invisibility shell and hide. This doesn’t sound like a benefit to being quiet, but sometimes, it’s just necessary.
So why does a quiet person want to write a blog? Because I have things to say! Because I believe that God uses us to encourage, inspire, to help each other through this journey of life.
So this simple, sometimes quiet, farm-raised girl is going to share the songs in my heart, life moments and lessons, and what God lays on my heart to pass on. I hope to always be a blessing.