Quiet Contemplation

I have been fascinated by one of my recent reads, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which was given to me by my 17yo introvert daughter.

Fascinated because one of the the things I learned about highly successful introverts, like Stephen Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, is that during their youth they spent regular, extended periods of time in solitude, thinking, creating, and problem solving.

I also learned from the book that there are more introvert geniuses, inventors, and scientists than extrovert geniuses, inventors, and scientists probably because the extroverts are too busy yacking it up and planning parties while the introverts are busy thinking deep thoughts.

Since I am an EXTROvert, with a capital EXTRO, it never had occurred to me before reading this book how valuable quiet contemplation could be. But now that I know how valuable it is, I have renamed nap time.

We now have “1 hour of quiet contemplation” instead of nap time. There are no electronics allowed. Everyone goes to a solitary place to nap, draw, read, or stare at nature.

I had been allowing the older children to stay up and chat or listen to iPods, but I am now strictly enforcing “quiet contemplation”.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What do you think about the value of quiet contemplation?

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  1. I like that! I’m verted :) mostly extro, but occasionally I need some quiet. I have 2 kids that might be intro, but they talk but not in groups of people. Does that make them intro? They don’t purposefully seek out time alone.

  2. Oh, I’m definitely an introvert. I appreciated a lot of this book, but to tell the truth, there were times when I felt like she laid it on a bit too thick. It does have its downsides. :-)

  3. I read this book last year and found it to be helpful in understanding my 4 introverted children and quiet, scientist husband. Being an extreme extrovert, with only 1 other extroverted child, I spent a lot of time/energy trying to change my children’s temperments to be something other than how God created them. After reading this book, I better understand and appreciate their quiet natures and find myself trying to be more like them.

  4. Kim Bowlin says:

    YES! A few years back, a dear friend of mine exhorted me to begin practice being quiet. He talked about how we are so busy with information always coming at us and I am CERTAINLY an EXTROvert, so this had to be learned! I am continually amazed at the peace God will give me over a worry or the answer He will whisper to a problem or just the little smiles He brings as He reminds me through memories of good times with family and friends. It is an amazing thing to be still before the Lord and allow Him to speak in His still, small voice to our hearts.

  5. As I read this, I wondered how I would do alone, without noise….hmmm. I find myself getting very uncomfortable when in the presence of a “quiet” person, as if it is my DUTY to fill in the empty air with words. I have been practicing watching my words during the 30 day challenge, and have realized how much easier it is to opt to keep my mouth closed instead of editing what comes out of it. The balance, I think is that there are still things that NEED to be said. God created each of uniquely, so I think (please correct me if I’m simply justifying here) that those who have an ease with words can be the greatest encouragers, cheerleaders for the timid, teachers, evangelists in a way a certain portion of the population needs. That being said, I also believe that every strength can sooo easily become a weakness and temptation (in this case, becoming too comfortable and not being careful about what is said and the heart with which it’s shared.).

  6. Go Connie! As an introvert, I applaud this move. Quietly. And only for a few moments, before I get back to staring at the tiny birds hopping on the lawn :)

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