DSC03413Don’t make the mistake of confusing loneliness with solitude.

I embrace solitude.  I always have.

Some of the best memories of my life were days spent alone exploring new places.  London…Brighton…The Magic Kingdom.  I arrived at those spots due to the benefit of my husband, Tim’s, work travels – but in order to make the most of my free time, I ventured out by myself.

In London I saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – I shopped at Harrod’s – I explored Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern…In Brighton, I walked the famous pier and beach – spoke with many locals and visited a great cafe.

While I was in the Magic Kingdom, for the first time ever I might add, I met one of the original Disney animators and he even drew a Peter Pan sketch for our children.  His name was Harry Holt and I’ll never forget him.

So what I’m saying is that when you are experiencing times of loneliness – seek out ways to use your creativity and turn that sadness into wonder – turn it into solitude.  And while you’re at it – listen to that small, still voice within which  has been trying get your attention for such a long time.  Listen to what it has to say.

And whether you’re by the ocean or a local swimming pool – enjoy the time.  I might offer this tip:  take your camera.  Those moments will turn into favorite memories as seen through only your eyes, no one else’s. You will have the luxury of choosing your path for the day or hour with no complaints or suggestions.

As I was walking along Brighton Beach, that small, still voice spoke to me loud and clear.  I have always sensed the presence of God and a feeling of encouragement when I see seagulls – long story, but true.  As I was wandering the walkway and feeling very thankful for the day and time I had there – a seagull landed next to me.  He is the fellow you see at the top of the page.

Message received.



2 thoughts on “Solitude

  1. I’m blessed to know the history of seagulls in your life. These are sage words that everyone needs to hear. Put down the cell phone, turn off the computer & television. Just be still.

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