Solitude vs Loneliness

“Being solitary is being alone well; being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than the absence of others.”—–Alice Koller

I love solitude. I used to be anxious in solitude. When I was younger, solitude used to mean isolation and loneliness. Now that I’ve made friends with solitude, it now means something different. It means being able to focus on creative endeavors. It means enjoying peace and quiet. It means being able to breathe easily and not feel any pressure to meet the needs of anybody else.

How we feel about being alone depends upon how we look at being alone. If we see it as healthy and necessary, it will be a healthy part of our lives. If we see it as painful and dreadful, guess what? We’ll be miserable during the time we spend alone.

Incorporate a little solitude into every day. Experience solitude. Be at peace in solitude.