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The Gift of Solitude

The Gift of Solitude

Creativity, inspiration, solitude, Spirituality
I used to believe that being alone was the equivalent of being lonely. There was no way that loneliness could be a good thing, so if I spent more free time alone than in the company of people I cared about, I felt lonely. I didn't like feeling lonely, so that led to my feeling depressed and angry. Then I learned something important and surprising. Being alone doesn't have to be the same thing as being lonely. Being isolated doesn't have to be the same thing as choosing time alone. Even when I can't get out of the house, I can choose to view my time alone as a gift. I'm an introvert, so you wouldn't expect this to be the revelation it was. I never realized that solitude would give me the chance to go more deeply within myself and learn things that I couldn't when I was fighting my cir...
Finding a New Beginning

Finding a New Beginning

inspiration, Renewal
I am a child of the 80's, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I have been revisiting so many memories lately, and the death of Prince has opened some doors that have been closed long ago. I'm not that girl anymore. Sometimes I wish I were. I've left pieces of myself along the way, and so many of the people I loved are gone. But what I miss the most was the unquestioning faith I had. It's hard to carry that through losses and beliefs that just don't match up anymore with the foundation of the faith I had. I knew who I was back then. One of Prince's band mates was quoted as saying the image of purple rain represented “a new beginning. Purple, the sky at dawn; rain, the cleansing factor.” I don't know what he meant for it to represent, but I've always believed it meant something like tha...