Seven Snippets of a Running Introverted Chaos Muppet Wannabe

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Ran 5 miles in 43:54!  For the record, I was a solid 10-minute-miler for the first 7-8 years of my running life.  This run was an average 8:47 minute/mile pace, and it felt like I was floating along the path.  It was a great way to start the day.

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Learned more about the introvert living inside me. I am reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.  My friend Teresa recommended it, and it is a great read. Ms. Cain’s writing style is a great mix of research, journalistic prose (giving you the who, where, when, etc, but leaving one key piece of bait), and personal stories; it is relatable and informative at once.

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Gained more introverted insights (do you see what I did there?) while relaxing on our new patio furniture. That’s Dave and Panther in the photo, I relaxed later.

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Read the delightful account of a fiction writer’s initial devastation following a negative review in the New York Times, his hilarious tale of how his reaction morphed, and a witty banter with a New York Times editor regarding a follow-up correction.  Whatever the review said matters little to me as the Salon article was enough introduction to Patrick Somerville‘s writing to put his books on my ‘must read’ list. (the first link in this paragraph is the ‘must read’ – it is short and funny, a feel good story)

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Followed Dahlia Lithwick‘s link to her friend Heather’s Seven Snippets post, which led me to Andi’s blog and the Seven Snippets idea became this blogpost.  I am embracing my inner extrovert by posting here.  My sensitive/cautious brain is trying to talk me out of it (“you don’t know these people! you don’t even have a child, so you don’t fit into their group! your blog isn’t a real blog!”), but here is the post! It felt like a good fit with the original format of The Cinquecento Project (five highlights and 100 words).

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Had fun mulling over Muppet Theory, Dahlia Lithwick’s fun-filled article that tied it all together for me today.

…Muppet Theory, a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one simple metric: Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet.

Read the article for more details.  I am coming to the conclusion that I am an Order Muppet who has not yet given up my vision of being a Chaos Muppet.  It’s not as tough a life as it sounds!

The article tied together the insights I am gaining from reading Quiet.  Playfully exploring the idea through the Sesame Street characters helped me see that taking any theory too seriously can lead to exaggeration, but that engaging in the exploration is valuable. During the typical late teenage/early twenties identity crisis I experienced, I often tried to cut short the deeper thoughts I had warmly embraced as an early teen. Quiet is not only helping me see that I did so, it is also helping me open my arms to deeper discussions with like-minded thinkers and talkers.  I don’t see myself on either end of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, so I am able to embrace traits I have from each personality type.

I greatly admired Dahlia Lithwick’s writing for years before I worked up the nerve to “friend” her on Facebook.  It was a bit risky as she is such an intelligent celebrity; I gained courage to friend her when I noticed we shared a mutual friend on Facebook – a law school professor.  The law school professor was also a sort of intelligent celebrity, and she had accepted my friend request; what was there to lose?  Turns out, nothing to lose and lots to be gained!

Dahlia Lithwick (I’m not yet comfortable enough to go to a first-name basis) consistently posts the best news articles available online, and also regularly brings me to laugh out loud. Anytime I need to give my brain the equivalent of an early morning 5-mile run, I can check Dahlia Lithwick’s Facebook feed and get my fix.

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Lastly, I am now enjoying the prospect of mulling over the big life questions during my long run tomorrow morning, and over a limone granite sometime this weekend, too.  Hoping you all have a wonderful Friday, that you visit some of the inspiring links in this post, and that more and more positive energy and compassion are shared between well-meaning folks.  Buona serata!

For more Seven Snippets, visit Bringing the Sunshine!

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4 responses to “Seven Snippets of a Running Introverted Chaos Muppet Wannabe

  1. That’s an impressive run!! And I am soooo jealous of your patio. So jealous.

  2. 10 years ago I bought a book about introversion, called “The Introvert Advantage.” In true chaos muppet, but wishing I had more order fashion, I started, but never finished reading it 2-3 times over the last decade. I picked it up again and started over a few weeks ago and am almost done. It’s good. Of course, now I come to find a brand new book, “Quiet,” and wonder if I should read that too. But that would be a whole lot of reading about introversion.

    From reading the older book, I have realized that introversion is behind everything about myself I always thought was weird (slight exaggeration).

    • I agree that introversion is attached to so many of my oddities, though I believe I’m pretty mid-spectrum actually. I pull quite a bit from both sides, but what tickles my pickle is regenerating energy completely solo. My spring break during my first year of law school (highly social and extro-oriented given class structure and study group I joined), my roommate was away and I chose not to speak to anybody for about 48 hours. Not a phone call, not even facebook (I didn’t have it then). I’m not even sure I did email. I just needed to close in and heal. So, that’s pretty introverted.

      Quiet is GREAT! It is well written and edited and you will be able to finish it quickly. Although sometimes it takes me a while to read books when I’m learning from them as I read. It’s tough to flip your whole world upside down philosophically in the same amount of time you buzz through a John Grisham book while on vacation, ya know? Also, Quiet isn’t going to bend your mind so much as help you see how and where you fit and can fit into this crazy extroverted world.

      so glad to be chatting with you again, Tracy! hope the ice cream social prep is going well…

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