Solitude

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“In my solitude I asked to know the highest truth… And what I was told is to thine own self be true…” -India Arie

Solitude

The state of being alone, solo, free! The act of spending time with oneself, isolated from other people or things.

When I was younger I didn’t value the importance of private quiet time. I didn’t find it necessary to spend time alone. I’m an extrovert and I love people, so being by myself was not something I was particularly fond of. I didn’t spend any time with myself. I made myself readily available to those in need and sometimes stretched myself and time so thin that it made me ill.

As time passed and I got to a point in life where I was forced to spend time alone. I didn’t have many friends and the ones I had were in different cities and states. I would feel sad because I yearned for the presence of others and I was lonely. I began adapting to being alone and eventually began to actually like it.

As more and more time passed and I viewed spending time alone differently. I began to love it and didn’t need to be forced into doing it. I began to appreciate those very moments. In my quiet time, I learned to pray more and to speak life into myself. I’ve studied myself, the things I like and others that I don’t. I’ve began to dream differently and to envision my future more clearly. I learned to keep my moves silent and to appreciate my blessings privately. I’ve learned that sometimes being alone is just where I need to be.

Ultimately, I realized that when I’m alone I’m never truly alone because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

In my solitude I learned my worth, I gave God my trust, and I found my truth!

I encourage you to have your own private time, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find during your solitude.

By: Verinique D. Bailey, “The V. in Virtue”

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