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Our language…has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being along. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.
I am a self-professed introvert. I generate my energy from within. I’m not that guy who is comfortable jumping up on stage and being the center of attention. I’ll do it if needed, but it’s not where I do my best work.
I am happiest when I am alone in a quiet space or in a small setting with a few close friends. The nice thing about that kind of solitude is that you get to know yourself really well. The problem is that many of us are unprepared to face all of our fears insecurities and the ramblings of our own minds. When we can push past that, though, we find out about our true selves. We find out who we are, what we most love, and, ultimately, how we will find, not only happiness and pleasure, but true joy in our lives.
For the introvert, solitude is a must, but even the most extroverted among us need the occasional reset to get back in touch with themselves. I’m thankful for the few moments of solitude that I manage to squeeze in each day and I hope that each of you can find the time to do the same.
Throughout November, I’ll be posting about those things for which I am most thankful this year. Look for more of my Giving Thanks series all month long.
What are you giving thanks for this year? Leave a comment and share your story!