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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 [3], 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 [4], 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 [5]. 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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