Loss and suffering play a huge role in our lives. Cain helped me see clearly the big picture of how a bittersweet state of mind transforms our entire existence, sometimes in ways beyond understanding. The book unfolds how blindly we are moving toward loss and suffering (and everything in between) without actually comprehending the value of its transformative force upon our own souls & bodies.
This book made me realize how pain can change the way we live, the way we work, the way we react, the way we feel, the way we interact, and the way we exist. It comes a point in our lives where we eventually realize that pain and part of our life path.
Deep emotional relief is the perfect description of how I felt after reading the book. It made me, for the first time, gain full awareness of bittersweetness. Now I know, it is not something we should hide but on the contrary, we should gracefully embrace it. Because is an intimate state of silent sorrow for the passing time (our time), and a feast of joy for the beauty of our ephemeral life in this world.
Susan Cain is the author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.
Since her 2012 TED talk was posted online it has been viewed over 40 million times. Her writing on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Oprah magazine and Psychology Today. Cain has spoken at the Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft and Google, and has appeared on the BBC, CBS and NPR. Visit susancain.net
Her work has been featured on the cover of Time, in the Daily Mail, the FT, the Atlantic, GQ, Grazia, the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN and Slate.com. She is an honours graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.