The Beauty of Shyness
There is something beautiful about shyness, even though in our culture shyness is not considered a virtue. On the contrary, we are encouraged to be direct, look people straight in the eyes, tell them what is on our minds, and share our stories without a blush.
But this unflinching soul-baring, confessional attitude quickly becomes boring. It is like trees without shadows. Shy people have long shadows, where they keep much of their beauty hidden from intruders’ eyes. Shy people remind us of the mystery of life that cannot be simply explained or expressed. They invite us to reverent and respectful friendships and to a wordless being together in love.
– Henri J. M. Nouwen
I agree with Henri Nouwen’s observation about the beauty of shyness. Usually people who are shy tend to have a contemplative nature and enjoy silence and solitude. They are not necessarily adverse to socialising or afraid of speaking to a group of people because there is a time for that as well. I think shyness is indicative of an inward appreciation of the stillness of the soul and the beauty of Nature, where one enjoys listening to the gentle whispers of our Beloved within us. Jesus is one fine example of such a shy and meditative Person – our true Self.