“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.” ~May Sarton
Nobody wants to be lonely. Yet even with this truth, how often do we put forth the effort to get to know ourselves better? How often does society encourage us to learn more about who we are and what strengths we hold within ourselves? This is the “poverty of self” that May is talking about–the inability to find ourselves, and to know ourselves, in life.
Why are many of us afraid of solitude? Are we afraid of what we might find? Are we afraid that we may find nothing at all? Are we afraid of growth and change, of perhaps becoming something new and unknown? One thing is for sure, if we never take the time to get to know ourselves, we will never discover the “real me” within. We are each wonderful and unique individuals; but if we never take the time to look, we will keep our riches buried in the dirt.
You are full of riches. Take the time to discover them through the peace and quiet of solitude. Make the effort to enrich your life with the beauty that is you.
Grow in self-awareness by spending some quiet time alone.
Questions to consider:
When was the last time you felt lonely? When was the last time you tried to spend some time alone in the peace and quiet within you?
Why do so few people seem to recognize the riches within themselves?
What are some ways in which you can find (or create) times of peace and quiet in your life?
For further thought:
“Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.” ~Thomas Merton