I’ve completed another chapter in A Weekend to change your life, all of this is focusing on Solitude.
I remember in HS, our assistant band director, let’s call her Mrs B, would come into my restaurant every Sunday and have lunch by herself. At the time I thought she had to be the biggest looser in the world. (please keep in mind I was 17) Who in their right mind would want to go to a restaurant by themselves?
Fast forward many years, I’m way out of HS, and in the AF having lunch by myself. Enjoying the solitude. No one barking orders, no friends dishing gossip, no one complaining about anything. It was an odd feeling at first, I recall being a bit self conscious of everyone staring (no one was even paying attention) at the poor soul who HAD to have lunch by myself. It was a conscious decision on my part, I needed a bit of a reprieve. Then, I did it again. I enjoy my time to myself, I don’t always make it a priority, but according to Joan, I must, and so should you.
“Seeking solitude each day is a way to stay present, focused and alive to my own individual spirit.” This is when nothing major is happening in our lives, but honestly, how often does that happen? Since December of 2013 I have had 3 major life events taking place, one of which is my Aunt’s Murder being suitable for Parole- Life happens. Needless to say, my Solitude time has increased, allowing me extra time to process, understand, heal & rejuvenate getting ready for the next event.
I bet you are reading this, thinking, “OK, I haven’t had a major event YET”, as you are looking for the nearest piece of wood furniture – but keep in mind that even little endings we endure leave wounds that must be healed.
The bottom line, take the time for yourself, for solitude & solace.