Loneliness and solitude are quite different.
Loneliness is the poverty of self.
Solitude is the richness of self.
Loneliness is a negative state of isolation. In this state, one can feel lonely even in the presence of others. To be lonely means you lack love and respect for yourself. You rely on the numbing effects of outside influences, much like the way an alcoholic relies on the intoxicating effects of alcohol. If you cannot enjoy being around yourself, how could you expect others to enjoy it?
Solitude is the state of being alone without feeling lonely. Being in solitude means you have the ultimate love and respect for yourself because you can just enjoy yourself and all life has to offer. You know you don’t need anyone or anything else. You are self-sufficient. You are content and everything else is a bonus.
Loneliness is the poverty of self;
Solitude is the richness of self
— JP (@J__Paris) January 21, 2018
I lead a pretty busy and productive life usually surrounded by other people, but I absolutely love my alone time, my me time.
In fact, I put “Scheduled Me Time” on my schedule on a daily basis and I actually turn down social outings or other opportunities in that time. I crave that alone time more than anything else.
Scheduled Me Time is non-negotiable.
That alone time becomes creation time, inspire time, imagine time, self-realization time.
I love living in solitude, it’s a true and sustainable form of joy for myself.
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