Quiet

Quiet and floral

“Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much”, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral.
Or maybe there’s another word for such people: thinkers.”   ― Susan Cain

On a free day, I would like to call myself a thinker. When I have nothing to do, I can spend my time in reading and thinking, quite happily. But I am not an introvert, or a person who doesn’t have anything to talk. Maybe that’s why I can talk about Amazon rain-forest, photography, Harvard Business Review, and Alton Brown’s recipes on the same day. ( They all are my favorite topics too. )

A year ago, an acquaintance suggested me the book “Quiet” by Susan Cain. “It’s an wake-up call for all of us thinkers,” she emphasized.

I took a year to order the book and started reading only last evening. I must say, my spring evenings are going to be completely wordless, thanks to the book. It’s teaching me to embrace my creative mind, sit peacefully to think about rhymes, and go out to photograph the floral world more often. Isn’t it strange how a book can make your views stronger than ever?

24 thoughts on “Quiet

    1. Ya, it’s a great book for thinkers, creative minds, listeners, and do-ers. 🙂 I’m happily waiting for April and the challenge now. Cheers! 🙂

      1. I hope I didn’t mislead you. I am not a librarian. I simply thought the “shhhhh” was appropriate for the post. 🙂 And I completely agree with your sentiment about being among books!

  1. Excellent book. I was first introduced to Susan Cain in a TED Talk. I’ve read her book and now consider it a reference book in my thinking world. Another great book is Leading Quietly by Joseph Badaracco.

    1. Excellent indeed. I feel fortunate to live in a world where there are things like TED Talks. 🙂 “Quiet” is a great reference book for future. I have highlighted a lot many pages and paragraphs to look back time to time. I will check the other book that you’ve recommended. Thank you!

  2. We are all so geared to have to have conversation or background noise in our lives. I used to not be able to sit in a car with someone else in complete silence for the entire ride. These days, although my chatter is still alive and well, I’ve learned to curb the urge and get lost in a book or magazine. And the outside noises are better than any TV show. Thank you.

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