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Friday, April 5, 2013

E Is for my Exes


The old song goes “All my exes live in Texas”.  I kinda wish that was the case here.  All my exes live right inside of me and are here every day whether I want them or not.  These puff me up and knock the wind out of me all at the same time.

Extroversion and Excess!



Extroversion has given me the superpower of having never met a stranger.  I’ve struck up conversations with Tom Snyder in a Manhattan art gallery and a would-be child abductor in my own driveway when I was a tween (by the way, that word didn’t exist then).

My energy levels get so hyped up when I know I will be interacting with groups of people that I can hardly contain myself.  I was a jittery ball of excitement when I arrived at Allume last October.  I had to keep reminding myself to rein it in or I would send all of the introverts screaming in terror back to their rooms.  I deeply apologize if I, in fact, did send you screaming to your room – I was JUST SO HAPPY TO MEET YOU IN PERSON!!!!!

If one of my fellow E-sisters would care to write about how to care for extroverts or how they should behave at a conference I’d gladly appreciate it.  You know I’ll leave some comment love, too.  That’s what we do.

My other “Ex” is not so fun for me to have around.  Excess is my current nemesis.  Everywhere I look I see it.  The good thing is that all of this recent awareness has made me so much more intentional about nearly everything that I am bringing into my life.  Sometimes just knowing about a problem can be the first huge step in tackling it. 

At the outset there was the dread of an impending 48 hour Flylady-style purge!  Seriously, I don’t have the time or opportunity to focus all of my energy on that.  What has happened is a serious reduction in my incidental shopping.  I’m sure Target and Wal-Mart have noticed my absence – but they will just have to get over it!

Luckily, I don’t have super strong sentimental attachment to objects.  There are a few things that I don’t want to part with, but in general my memories are what I hold on to.  Unfortunately, I tend to accumulate without releasing or will have forgotten that I already have what I may have just bought.  That right there is the result of having too much!  I am working on it, though.  This scaling back is one of the ways that I am becoming a Peacemaker for my family.
Come back tomorrow for F.  J


19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  

Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
1 Let brotherly friendship continue; 2 but don't forget to be friendly to outsiders; for in so doing, some people, without knowing it, have entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:1-2 Complete Jewish Bible

11 comments:

  1. I Wondered Where You Were Going With That.. Great Post, Friend. I'll Try Not To Run Away From You. (ExtrovErt I Am Not).

    Also... Clueless On Why My Phone Is Capitalizing EVERY Word. Ugh!

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    1. Thanks, feel free to tell me to dial it down a notch. I'm clueless about half the things my phone does on its own.

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  2. Interesting to hear what an impending group-gathering feels like to an extrovert. Wild with energy. I wish I could shoot myself in the neck with some of that.
    I'm more of the Put-me-on-a-coma-drip kind of person. People can head over and talk to my blank stare, hoping that somehow I can hear them and understand what they're saying....

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    1. You are hilarious! I have laughed at this several times before commenting. I bet there are many that would agree with you.

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  3. I can be sort of extrovert-ish with family and good friends. But in a group of strangers..not even close! Must be fun to be so comfortable in ones own skin!

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    1. Hmm.. I'm not sure if it's being totally comfortable in my own skin or an overcompensation to fake it til I make it. That is a very interesting thought. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I LOVE your extroversion side! You have never scared me. :)
    And the excess journey- it is fascinating to watch where this is taking you.
    I love you to the Extreme! :)

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    1. You are so awesome that you were actually in my dream last night - it was a crazy one! This journey is very interesting. It's taking on a much more subtle, intentional focus than I had imagined. I think there will be moments of intensity, but it seems so internal. I guess all big change has to start on the inside.

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  5. This is great. You didn't scare me at Allume. Sometimes introverts need extroverts to keep the party going. I tell you what though, that smile booth wore me out. By Saturday, I could hardly smile for it.

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    1. I wish I had made more time for the smile booth and kept more pics for myself. I only came back with one, but there are so many great ones online. I think we need introverts to remind us when we need to care for ourselves with some quiet and rest. ;)

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  6. Hi Amy, I am not an extrovert, but I am married to one. Of course as a believer, I try to practice Hebrews 13: 1-2, introvert or not. Excess is a trait I do share, however. I tend to go overboard, and so desire to simplify, downsize, and declutter. Your other words for A to Z are also inspiring, and 'i'ncouraging. I am so glad to have found your blog. Thanks. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

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