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Quote- Solitude

I have a lone iris bloom in the back yard.  I’m not sure if the rabbits and squirrels have eaten the other buds, or what, but Iris got me to thinking about loneliness and solitude.  The two are not necessarily the same.   Which led me to think of Henry David Thoreau, and my favorite quote from Walden (which is free for Kindle on Amazon).

SolitudeShot with my Canon Elph in my own backyard.

“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”- Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

In a world full of noise, being alone can be painfully uncomfortable to the unaccustomed.  If one is not careful, being alone can quickly lead to loneliness (which, by the way, can be felt in a room full of people, as well).  It is in solitude, however, that one can truly know themselves and learn to hear the voice of God.  Solitude can be both refreshing and restoring.  The difference, then, between loneliness and solitude is perception and vulnerability.

Job struggled.  Else why would he have need to write, “Teach me, and I will be quiet…” Job 6:24

Jesus needed solitude… “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16

It isn’t often that I get a few minutes alone.  When I do, though, I can choose to be happy and reflective, or I can choose to be lonely and seek to fill the void left by the absence of noise.

How about you?  Are you able to enjoy being alone?

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. Very nice post you have here. keep up the good work in sharing inspiring quotes!

  2. Very pretty. I love my flowers.

  3. your posts are always so inspiring 🙂

  4. Beautiful, and yes, I love being alone. In fact, I prefer being alone to being with people because it’s so restorative to me. The exception is my kids….I can’t get enough of them!

    I hope your vacation was fabulous!

  5. Solitude is a good thing from time to time. I’m like Liz, I enjoy alone time, very much. 🙂

  6. I don’t like being alone really.

    The photo is beautiful.

  7. Love me some alone time! Don’t get too much of it these days though.

  8. Not for me– I’m easily bored alone. 🙂

  9. Allison says:

    What I wouldn’t GIVE for some real solitude. I need it!

  10. I LOVE being alone and often consider myself a hermit aside from my immediate family and close inner circle.

  11. This is lovely!

  12. Solitude is how I recharge — being around others, noise, etc., is so draining for me.

  13. I love this photo. And, I love being alone. Much as I adore my friends and family, I love the solitude which is so rich with endless possibility.

    And there’s always so much to do, I’ve never quite understood the concept of boredom – unless perhaps waiting in a doctor’s office.

  14. Amen sister. Solitude is something that I love. Just being alone with a journal in God’s creation is what I love. Beautiful photo!

  15. April Decheine says:

    Love my solitude, no neighbors for miles away! Just me and my animals, love it!

  16. That’s lovely – I love spending time alone.

  17. Pretty picture. I love flowers…

  18. Born27 says:

    This flower is as beautiful as life. 🙂

  19. Karyn18 says:

    The flower that shows us that beauty is not just in the outside.

  20. Wow beautiful post, and that picture!!

  21. This is a gorgeous photo!

  22. I used to hate being alone and now I enjoy it!

  23. Great post and food for thought.