Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Loneliness



Do not be afraid
To encounter Loneliness.
It is a rare opportunity
To make friends with
Oneself.


Tibetan proverb.

13 comments:

Diana said...

So right. I just wish I had more time for solitude. I've not had a good dose of loneliness in decades. I'm not asking for a lot, mind you, just a bit now and then.

Tanya Brown said...

Ooooh. Dreamy landscape.

Loneliness, though - mostly I just don't like what I see when I try to make friends with myself. I'm sure there's another Tibetan proverb to cover that situation, too.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

This is lovely and so true.

Thank you for the reminder.

Molly said...

Beautiful picture, beautiful words. If you are a friend to yourself you need never be lonely. It reminds me off our dad. Do you remember how he used to say "If you talk to yourself, you can at least be sure of an attentive audience...."? Bit of a stretch on the connection, I know, but your post made it pop into my head, where the connections are pretty loose at the best of times!

meggie said...

A nice couple, Rise!

Ian Lidster said...

There is a difference between loneliness and isolation. It's the latter that ravages the wellbeing. It is only when I feel isolated that I feel threatned. But, I confess, sometimes when I am alone I get very tired of myself. That's when I need others.

Rhea said...

Good point. I like Tibetan stuff as I have a Tibetan dog, a Lhasa apso.

sMC said...

At least I don't argue with myself.... well most of the time :)
beautiful photos this month Rise.

Tracey Petersen said...

I only like to spend time with myself in short bursts. I like to be around my family.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Great quote!

mikaelah said...

yes. loneliness is when you believe you are all alone when you are really with your self.

Liz said...

What a calming reminder. Shall I send the boys to you, I could stand to feel lonely for a while. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

riseoutofme said...

diana ... small little bits and often does the trick for me.

tanya ...couldn't find a proverb to cover that ... you are just going to have to start believing all of us ... we like you very much and we are VERY discerning. So there.

heart ... and thank you, especially, for your "slouching" post.

molly ... I don't know how right he was .... I spend most of my time trying to remember the little "memos" to myself ... how attentive is that?

meggie ... a nice couple of what?

ian ... you are so right. Isolation makes me feel antsy too. As social creatures, we all need others ... whether we like to admit it or not.

rhea ... hello, thank you for visiting ... do you have a blog?

birdy ... thank you, not sure I have enough to keep me going til the end of the month tho!

tracey ... short bursts are good! Too much of a good thing can be bad.

whim ... came across the quote quite by accident but it instantly rang true.

mikaelah ... very true ... if we are not happy with ourselves, how can we ever be happy with others?

liz ... would love to oblige and take the boys ... not so sure that they'd be too chuffed though! Enjoy Mexico!