I am a Baha’i, a lover of mankind, but it’s not always easy, because I am an introvert. My faith is about world peace and world unity, yet I don’t want to leave my house sometimes. I love my fluffy red robe a little too much on the weekends. Is this a contradiction? I’m not sure.
Yet when I do go out, I have a friendly word for everyone I meet. And when I pray, I wish love and compassion for all, and feel myself connected to all things.
I think the real issue is whether I accept my introverted nature as a valid temperament created by God, or whether I feel the need to be someone different than who I am.
I chose the former. Why? Because it is very difficult to change ourselves, and because I chose the belief that I am a unique flower in God’s garden of humanity. Every flower is different and adds to the beauty and diversity of the whole. I will live as a self-affirming person and glory in my individuality, a unique part, connected to all in love.
And I will vow to change out of my robe by noon.