Whether you read the bible, believe in God or see the bible stories as just that, stories, there are some great lessons to how anyone, introverts included, can live our life to the fullest. As I continue to be inspired by the book of Daniel, it’s a compelling feeling to share the learning’s with you. It’s kind of a mission; to bring introverts to the limelight without necessarily meaning you have to get on the stage. Daniel shows, with giving credit where credit is due, that being on stage in just not necessary.
One advantage of deeper friendships whether business or personally related, it can help tough times to be more bearable. Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abdenego were deported with him to Babylon and at all times, they stuck together. There are more and more people today with all that is going on who need others to stick by them. If you have an introvert friend, then you have traveled not just wide with them, but deep. And in troubling times, they will give you their full attention if you need someone to listen to you just for the sake of listening.
A second advantage is knowing that giving pause to that “moment of truth” is important in the end. When they could have assured their lives by compromising their beliefs, instead they were wise enough to continue to trust God and each other. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that introverts, depend on themselves more than many others. Being more introspective than extroverts, it may be advantageous to choose wisely first, and then decide. Once again, in particular with an introvert friend, you will find pause and reflect welcome, before you take the high dive.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abdenego were thrown into a fiery furnace that would have surely turned anyone into ashes and cinders within seconds. I’m very curious: where was Daniel? I like to think that he was working quietly behind the scenes to help his three friends. Advantage three is that introvert friends are quietly effective and friends can count on them.
In particular for introverts, while we generally find ourselves in fewer relationships, what we bring in who we are, has many advantages in all facets of life. A stick-with-you demeanor, an ability to pause and reflect with you, and being a behind the scenes helper when you need one.
What are some other advantages of the introvert relationship? Work or personal, it doesn’t matter. Tell me what you think; I do care.