"There's a difference between solitude and lonliness.
I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while."
-- Tom Hanks
One of the things I love about quotes is that the really good ones are understated in such a way as to be a powerful tool to opening one's mind just a little bit more.
I understood this one immediately. Solitude is a choice of releasing self to enjoy that part of us that we seldom pay much attention to. In this we often see things and other people as part of us.
But, loneliness is a very different thing. It is fear, lack of self-love and self-confidence. It is more like despair. It is seeing people as very separated from us.
The fastest and most effective way out of loneliness that I am aware of is to begin at once to find things to appreciate, regardless of how small or insignificant they may at first seem. Then, move up the ladder of appreciation until the loneliness is gone. We first need to rely on ourselves by loving ourselves, and then expand outward.
It Is Difficult To Love Others Until We Love Ourselves.
Spread Some Joy Today--Treat yourself to some personal fun. It usually brings some joy, and maybe enough left over to share.