Image: Barbara Ryther
Solitude, when it arrives uninvited, brings with it doubt and loneliness.
It creates time to dwell on what we do not have, and what we cannot do.
It talks about our shortcomings and reminds us of our weaknesses.
It gets inside our heads and magnifies the clutter, shining a light on the dusty corners, pointing
to the tasks undone.
But solitude when it is sought out and welcomed brings peace and connection.
It shares memories of people and places we treasure.
It helps us calm our souls and energize our spirits.
It makes space for our senses to touch creation, to smell the sea air, feel the wind against our
skin, to see the patterns made by clouds.
In its embrace we hear the voice of God telling us we are always held in His hands.
– Barbara Ryther