Saturday, March 24, 2007

the company of others

"I have perceiv'd that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly
round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?

I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women and looking
on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well."

- Walt Whitman

I am an incredibly relational person. I think that we are all relational, but people vary on this. Some people need more alone time, whereas others need more people time. I am one of the latter. Alone time is great - I love being alone in my car with nothing but my radio or my prayers; I love reading by myself. I even loved traveling to Kansas City by myself because there was such a freedom to observe and carry out all my thoughts on a myriad of paths that being with others halts. As much as I enjoy those times by myself, there is nothing that gives me more pleasure than being in the company of others. I truly am an extrovert, not just in the way that we typically define extroverts and introverts based on their observed behavior, but also in the way that I experience energy. Being with others renews me. Too much time alone, and I start to wither away slowly. I grow apathetic, tired, depressed. But time with another, and I feel alive again. Sure, days straight of no time to myself wears on me, but most of the time I feel as though I could continually soak up the company of those I like, always satisfied, never over saturated. These past couple of weeks, I have felt so blessed by the company of some of my closest family and friends. I lack nothing; this is enough.


Nathan said...

If someone gives you a bad tip, don't say "psh, is that it?"
Don't steal from cars.
Don't leave the car unlocked.
Don't scratch expensive rims on curbs.
Make sure you're in drive.
Wait until the guy with the corvette is inside before peeling out.
Smile and say thank you even if they don't tip, sometimes that will remind them.

Where are you working?

if walled in climb up said...

Good post. I forget if I already commented on this one or not. It was great chatting with you last night!! I can't wait for Europe!!!!

Martha Elaine Belden said...

i'm not surprised in the least.

and i can't wait to see you again... i hope it's soon :)