by Jill Wright, Financial Confidence Coach
I don’t have many friends.
I’m an introvert. I’m not one of those introverts that says they’re an introvert, but they are really good at socializing. I love people and I love spending time with people. I’m just haven’t ever really been good at engaging people and getting to know them. I always feel like I’m not that interesting or that I don’t have anything to say. Sometimes I’m afraid to say anything because I don’t get to know people and I’m afraid to ask them questions about their lives that maybe I should already know.
I’m trying to break out of my shell, but it’s slow getting there. I know that we all have our own gifts and our own struggles. I’m sure that there are things that others struggle with that come easier for me. Sometimes it’s actually beneficial to not have anything to say because that makes it easy for me to stay quiet and just listen and be present when other people are sharing or need to feel like they’re being heard.
Maybe that’s why God made me this way. He probably knew that there would come a day when I could be there for others and just listen and not feel the need to say anything at all. That thought serves me much better than the thought that there is something wrong with me, which is the path I would normally head down when I’m in a situation where I’m uncomfortable and feeling less than competent and more socially awkward.
We all struggle with something. What do you struggle with and how have you been able to be authentic despite your struggles? How have you used your struggles for good?
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