Ripples #946: Springs of Solitude.
July 10, 2017
Certain springs are tapped only when you’re alone.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, shared by Pete in Ouray, CO
Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach, shared by Robin in Madison, WI
I love the fullness of my life. When I’m on the road, I love all the travel and the opportunities to spend time with an interesting mix of people at various stages of life. When I’m home, I love being surrounded by a rich circle of friends and a sweet fella who helps me savor my down time.
Still, I’ve learned that part of being really effective in my roles as a speaker, friend, neighbor, and boyfriend is building in time for solitude. I make an effort to carve out a few minutes each day and a few hours each week for quiet time, and a few times of year I build in a longer stretch of solitude.
I’m about to head offline and out of sight for a period of solitude; I’m looking forward to relaxing and reflexing, just like I’ll look forward to returning in a few weeks, ready to embrace the people and the adventures that I know will be waiting for me.
The Ripples Guy
p.s. Don’t fret–you’ll still get your weekly splashes of inspiration! I worked extra hard over the past few weeks to pull together a few extra issues of Ripples. They are all queued up and ready to zoom out each Monday until I’m back in action!