: one whose personality is characterized by extroversion; broadly : a gregarious and unreserved person
also I have heard that an extrovert gets their energy from other people, instead of isolation as an introvert.
However you put it i am a extrovert. But how does this relate to being in the Bahá’í community?
So much of this blog has become about me explain my relationship with the community and how i relate as a Bahai; very damaged but still a Baha’i.
I am in a community of people I wouldn’t hang out with normally a natural gravitation runs in our culture. This creates difficulties! It seems many of us play in very, very different fields and sometimes I just want to take my toys and go play by myself!
I know that that is one of also the benefits of this faith expanding our comfort zones into areas we had never contemplated.
One of the things I know about myself is that when I am nervous or uncomfortable I talk continuously. I seem to do a lot of talking at Baha’i events. Making me a great test for some of the other believers. But sometimes just trying to stay active in community life is a very large test for me.
The energy we expend in enduring the intolerance of some individuals of our community is not lost. It is transformed into fortitude, steadfastness and magnanimity.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 603)
One of the greatest problems in the Cause is the relation of the believers to each other; for their immaturity (shared with the rest of humanity) and imperfections retard the work, create complications, and discourage each other. And yet we must put up with these things and try and combat them through love, patience and forgiveness individually, and proper administrative action collectively.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 449)
The Cause is manifest, it shineth resplendent as the sun, but the people have become veils unto themselves. We entreat God that He may graciously assist them to return unto Him. He is, in truth, the Forgiving, the Merciful.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 79)
The friends must be patient with each other and must realize that the Cause is still in its infancy and its institutions are not yet functioning perfectly. The greater the patience, the loving understanding and the forbearance the believers show towards each other and their shortcomings, the greater will be the progress of the whole Bahá’í community at large.
(From a letter dated 27 February 1943 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)