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