I realized on my mini-retreat that I missed connecting with people. That’s not usually the case. Usually, I savor being alone. The silence. The freedom.
This time, I noticed pretty quickly that I wanted to share this time with other people. It kind of confused me for a minute. But I decided to invite my grandkids to come spend the night away with me tonight, my last night here.
I’m only a 30 minute drive from home, so MP is going to bring them down and hang with us for a bit, then leave them to stay overnight. The kids and I will go home tomorrow.
It is an odd thing for me to do on what’s supposed to be my big getaway. But I realized that most of the time I spend with them, I am also doing something else. Or they’re also doing something else. It’s not really what I like to call “quality time. “. This time is just about us enjoying spending time together, doing things we like to do.
My desire to connect is not just with my grandkids. I also scheduled some zoom calls today. Not a lot of calls, but enough to break up my day and savor some time with other people, without being distracted by 800 things going on around me.
I had forgotten that introverts aren’t just about alone time. We need connection too. Meaningful connection, with people who see us, people we share values with, people who want to connect on a deeper level. And it needs to happen when I can enjoy it.
I need to remember this, post retreat.