Monday, 5 March 2012

on solitude

a very good friend of mine
whom i treasure
and with whom i can share roadtrips
be quietly working, two people alone in shared space
alerted me to this TED talk by Susan Cain

i've watched it a couple of times now
and thought it was time to share


  1. wow thankyou for sharing... I've sent it on too.

  2. wow. i remember learning to speak loud enough for others to hear. it was terrifying. i saw this yesterday on fB, glad you joggled my memory today, so i finally looked at it.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. It's something many of us need to hear.

  4. Thank you for posting this. I've been meaning to watch it on TED, but hadn't taken the time yet. I have her book to read - hopefully it will shed a bit more light on why I am the way I am...proudly an introvert.

  5. what a joy!

    this struck a chord on many levels... and I had a moment of epiphany when susan spoke of the differences between character and personality - and how societal values have changed.... I still live in a place (both geographic and philosophic) where character still matters... (however quietly or loudly it may present itself)....

    welllll I'm off to weed in the garden again.... alone (just how I like it) thanks for (quietly) sharing this gem xx

  6. thank you India - I enjoyed this a great deal and shared it with my 16 year-old son - reading is our nightly practice - you always inspire...

    xox - eb.

  7. Yes! Another introvert here! Thanks India. I really enjoyed the video..... and have just put the book on my wishlist. (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking). When I was a child there was no TV in South Africa so I developed a wonderful reading habit. When my daughters were young TV arrived in South Africa and even though I tried to instil the reading habit in them, TV won. I really miss quiet evenings reading books. Now I slip in some reading at lunch time.

  8. Hallo India,
    Thankyou for posting this. I shall continue to speak softly.