Solitude

In 1975, Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) wrote Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. One of the movements is the journey from loneliness to solitude. Today is a good time to embrace this journey.

As a growth opportunity, I’m trying to embrace the significant changes in the way we live that are happening due to COVID-19. I’m trying to receive as a gift each notice of an event cancellation.

Due to retirement and a potential upcoming transplant surgery in our family, the calendar already was essentially clean prior to the arrival of this coronavirus. Most recent calendar erasures have been church-related.

As physical contact decreases due to the virus, I’m trying to embrace the journey from loneliness to solitude. Times Square on New Year’s Eve can be lonely. One can experience solitude while marooned alone on an island.

Last night, while writing this post, the photo below is one of several I received from a family member, taken yesterday at a Trader Joe’s in Atlanta. It looks lonely, but I see great potential for solitude.

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