Sometimes it’s good to be trapped in solitude. Right now, as I sit on the balcony of a cruise ship, shivering, my nose is running from the cold. The only thing I have with me is my computer (with no internet), binoculars, and an empty cup of coffee. My hubby is inside the cabin sleeping and I don’t dare wake him up in hopes that he will sleep off his cold and our trip to Alaska will be saved.
As the ship inches thru the vast sea, I toggle between writing and looking for sea life hoping to see a whale. Just now, after typing that last sentence, I spotted dolphin jumping beside the ship! How exhilarating! I love typing and nature watching! (That’s a plug for all you two fingered typists to learn to type!)
It’s funny. Because when I saw the dolphin, my first instinct was to grab my phone (which I don’t have out here) and take a picture. It seems it doesn’t count if I don’t get a picture. What?! Why??!! That’s the way I think – do you?! I want to talk about that…
What “counts” to you? Are you like me, if others can’t see it, it doesn’t count? I realized the silliness of that thought – yet it’s still my first instinct.
I had a “friend”/acquaintance that would be an incredibly helpful friend when others could see. However, when someone needed help that wasn’t in her “circle” she wouldn’t go out of her way to help at all. If others couldn’t see her good deeds, it didn’t “count.”
In truth, what others can’t see is what really does count. That becomes the foundation for everything we are. So, let’s talk about that.
Who are you? In the quietness of your solitude? Granted, in solitude, we can’t exactly work on people skills, but we can certainly work on character building. Actually, we DO work on character building, whether we are aware of it or not. Those moments where we’re alone and nobody’s watching are the exact opportunities to grow ourselves or stunt our growth.
I know for me, when I’m alone, I often think I can eat a little something and no one will know. Hmmm, silly, isn’t it?! The scale will know, God will know, and my conscience will know. Those moments when no one is watching is what determines my weight, my health, who I see in the mirror, and what others see. Honestly, it’s those times of solitude – when I choose to do what’s right or wrong, that defines my true integrity.
Times of solitude are important – they are the building blocks of who you are. Solitude gives you a chance – without any inhibitions- to be who God created you to be. Embrace solitude and grow – like a seed planted in fertile soil!
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