Hearts and Minds: Shyness

 

The shell must break before the bird can fly.
– Tennyson

Everyone is shy — it is the inborn modesty that makes us able to live in harmony with other creatures and our fellows. Achievement comes not by denying shyness but, occasionally, by setting it aside and letting pride and perspiration come first.
– Kirkpatrick Sale

When you’re worried, tell yourself the truth: Shyness is a strength to build on, not a character flaw to be stamped out.
– “Shyness Is Not A Character Flaw" at the Malvern School
  

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
– André Dubus
  

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. 
– Lady Bird Johnson
  

I believe I like the first one the best:

The shell must break before the bird can fly.”

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 23:18:36

    Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. – André Dubus This is so true. We think we are all importent but others don\’t perceive us that way.

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  2. Embrace
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 00:59:28

    I Believe a Bird had to undgo alot of Changes before it can learn to fly.. This is a quote as well but right now I cant remember where or who wrote it. I love this one. Its so true as your first one. We are just the same in Breaking away or undergoing change before we can fly in our own way. I loved these Rhonda. I should be sleeping but again I just cant yet. :)Sending Hugs to youLisa

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  3. Robin
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 01:22:44

    I think I like the first one best too…

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  4. m60a3
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 04:42:54

    I wonder, should we even care how others see us, the human animal has many faces. Yet we seem to put much importance on what others think. But what face do they see, the one that shows us as we are? Or be it the one we wish for all to see, perhaps our weakness, is fear….the fear of others perception.PeaceMark

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  5. Angel eyes
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 07:01:51

    i was always very insecure getting much better now about time angel eyes

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  6. Terry's
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 07:32:23

    Hey I like this . I am very shy but I\’m working on it and have been for awhile .At times I feel like I\’m the only shy one on the earth .It\’s good to know I\’m not alone .Lots of love Terry

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  7. Sheila
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 15:33:11

    I like the last one because I know how true it is. I\’d rather stay in the background, but when called on to speak in front of people, all I can do is focus on the task at hand and then I don\’t worry about being in front of them.

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  8. Theresa
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 21:07:01

    The last one by Lady Bird Johnson is my favorite. I think that is what has worked for me in the past.

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