It is a quality, a feeling, an experience never to be confused with loneliness.
Solitude is a necessary part of life. Everyone, whether they realise it or not, needs a place where they can go to be on their own, where they can let their mind roam free, where they can find out more about themselves.
Solitude can be found in many and different places. It can be seeing shadows cast by a late sun on a hillside; watching the flow of a stream or river and hearing its gentle song; noticing the lull between the homeward-bound traffic and the start of the evening pleasure-drives; standing on a street-corner and observing the movements, the sights and the sounds of a city; easing oneself into music.
Mentioning music, I am reminded of that lovely poem which begins: “When music sounds, gone is the world I know, and all her lovely things even lovelier grow”, which indicates the type of music to which I allude.
Some of us have found or created certain places where we can experience solitude, places which become special to us. There, we can relax into our own world of thought and of discovery.
In this increasingly stressful world, our solitude is has become a necessity. Let us slow down from time to time and find our personal place of solitude.
For in that place, we may come to know who we are.
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