Have you ever longed for some friendly support? While we may like to think of ourselves as a lone wolf, we really need to act like a pod of dolphins. Find out how.
How Does an Introvert Find Friendly Support?
“You’re such an extrovert,” my friend told me, “I always admire the way you can walk into a room and talk to strangers.”
“Ugh, that’s what you think!” I said. “Pedro is the real extrovert.”
“Pedro? No way! He was so shy in high school.”
“Shy doesn’t mean introverted,” I assured her. “I CAN walk into a room of strangers and find things to talk about. But I have to mentally prepare for the ordeal first.”
“Ordeal? Really?” she said.
“Yes. Ordeal. I’d rather run six miles in Phoenix in the summer than attend a social event. And you know how much I hate the heat.”
I admire people who can make friends with everyone and seem to have a constant stream of support and goodwill carrying them along. Making close friends doesn’t come easy for me. I’d rather stay in the background, listen, and interact minimally.
But God created us to thrive in communities. He knew we would need each other for friendly support, encouragement, admonition, and feedback. We need friendly support in order to become the best versions of ourselves. In fact, I believe we need to build a pod of friendly support in order to help us maintain mental wholeness.
So, how does an introvert build a pod of friendly support when networking rates last on her social skills scale? Today’s podcast will help you get started. Which hacks will YOU start with?
If people wear you out, you might find this book helpful: The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to be You, by Holley Gerth.How to find your pod of friendly support. #mentalwholeness #selfcaresunday #relationships Click To Tweet
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