I love exuberant people. I am utterly mesmerized by their ability to light up a room with their big personalities and charm.

I’m the total opposite. Exuberance is not something I exude. I may have that same energy, but it is carefully tucked away inside.

Sometimes, I feel like I need to express exuberance on the outside in order for other people to be interested in me, but it’s just not who I am. If I tried, I’m sure I would appear to be the most awkward and clumsy human on earth. All I can do is simply be who I am. To happily exude the quiet strength given to me by the One who created me. To use my listening skills, attention to detail, and compassionate heart.

All those who know me (really know me), I hold very near and dear to my heart. They gravitated towards me because of my quiet and gentle ways and love me for each layer they took the time to peel back. They know my soul. I truly, truly appreciate that and will love them forever for it.

There’s a quote I found really inspiring today:

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

– Karl Menninger

Whether we’re exuberant or quiet souls, we can all benefit from listening. We all have stories to tell.