Someone observed something about me last week that was jarring:
I think it’s funny that you talk so much about being an external processor, yet you process things internally a hundred times before you let them out of your mouth.
I guess I let the energy I get from being with people, communicating with people, and even simply writing skew my perspective.
The reality is internal or external processing is just that – a process. It’s not good or bad. It’s not stronger or weaker.
The jarring part of what she said is what I realized I let the internal processing do to me.
It. Immobilizes. Me.
Especially in places where I know I’m supposed to be sharing. Like on this blog. Crap, I even have trouble journaling (despite telling everyone I think they should!) because I feel the need for thoughts to be complete first…the need to be formed into something easily digestible, appealing, and certainly important in order to be presented.
What if I share something that isn’t a complete story? Exposes more weakness or hurt than I’m comfortable with? What if I say something controversial? What if I say something that makes someone angry instead of fulfilled or encouraged? What if I say something plain stupid?
It stresses me out.
Processing holds an important place. But it shouldn’t supersede the processing meant to be shared with others.
So let’s not get in the way of ourselves.
After all, consuming things that are unprocessed mean more nutrients, more vitamins, more strength and, ultimately, more life.