There is a huge difference between being lonely and being alone.
Being lonely is an emotion, one that follows you around. You can feel it if you are in crowded place, and even behind your false smile. It nags you, haunts you, wakes you, and troubles you, even at 3AM. The sense of abandonment or isolation is hard to bear sometimes, right?
Can you relate?
Being alone is a state of mind, often a state of solitude. It is enjoying a good book under a large maple tree. It is a walk on a beach in search of sea glass. It is in tending to a flower garden, and it is in a cup of coffee with the sounds of morning.
Being alone is an art, if you will. Being alone is about reflection. A chance to do what you want, when you want. Alone is a calm, an inner calm where you are able to listen to your own wisdom.
Life’s experience has, most likely, walked you through both being lonely and alone. We all have times of uncertainty. I recall one of the busiest times in my life. I was a young mom, with a husband who deployed with the military. I felt like I was going through the motions on some days. And I learned knowing the difference between lonely and alone was helpful guidance.
I also learned the value in knowing I give the greatest advice…when I listen.
Find what empowers you? Be deliberate about knowing what you love, what fires you up. Find alone time. Yes, I said that, and grab it doing something you love.
You are loved.
Wind Kisses, Donna