Solitude Can Enrich the Soul

Winsome75 By Winsome75, 6th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The magical allure of a moonlit beach and being alone with your thoughts.

Solitude Can Enrich the Soul

I have just returned from an overdue vacation. It’s the typical scenario, where you burn the candle at both ends and hold on until you feel yourself slipping away from life itself. And somewhere in the mind a thought occurs; you’ve got to let go for a while. As a younger, mid-thirties type individual you actually hate to “let go for awhile” because you think that you will lose the “edge” you maintain. You know what that is. That is the feeling that you really (?) are better than those other folks that are clamoring to take your job from you. And, that you perform better than all those folks do, especially, when you are in a clutch situation. Then the final thought that holds you to the wheel of performance until the very last minute…”if the boss can get along without me for a week he will want to save money and downsize my position!”

Well, at mid-life you have gotten over some of the above feelings; and you realize that if you don’t get away something major in you life will suffer the consequences. That is where I was a week ago. To earn my living I, manage a large 417-room hotel/conference center, sell real estate as a real estate broker, and sell carpet to individuals for residential use. As you can see, when I speak of burning the candle at both ends I mean it! I had not been away from the “jobs” for well over two years and it was showing on me. So, the wife and I went to a little island community off the coast of North Carolina where her uncle has a doublewide home…with no phone! And I was serious this time, I did not take a cell phone, nor did I push quarters into a pay phone to check “things at the offices.” And by golly, it worked! It turned into a great week and I felt wonderfully alive and rested….then I came home. But the return is another story. While at the beach I enjoyed a fabulous bit of solitude that balanced my soul and my mind. I would take a stroll on the moonlit beach with no other tourists around. In the moonlight I could see the waves crashing on the sand as well as the darker horizon behind them.

The sound, of course, was rhythmic and soothing and reached a level in me that produces both thought and relaxation. I stopped walking for a time to face the illuminated ocean and felt solitude, not loneliness or trepidation, but solitude. I was fortunate to then absorb that solitude and allowed it, briefly, to enrich my soul.

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Emotions, Experience, Philosophy, Soul, The Sea

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A 60 year old guy with interesting thoughts on my journey.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Sounds like you really deserved that vacation, Winsome75. Glad you took it - glad it refreshed you.

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author avatar J A Ridley
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Interesting writing with a good point, thanks

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