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Time for Solitude   2 comments

 

I often enjoy walking after dark and being able to get a fleeting glimpse into the homes on the way.  This glimpse reveals a moment in the life of a stranger and tonight an elderly woman unknowingly shared a quiet slice of her evening with me and sparked thoughts for this post. 

She sat writing at a desk in a room lined with books on shelves from floor to ceiling. Her desk did not hold a computer, but instead, papers scattered the desktop and on the wall just above the desk was a bulletin board full of photos.  I thought about the solitude she was experiencing as she was writing.  A solitude that is without the temptations to check facebook or text as these things always keep us connected. 

We think that constant, on demand connection is a good thing – but maybe at times, it’s not.  Uninterrupted solitude helps us to have time for reflection in life, time for inspiration and time to think.  Our greatest creative geniuses wrote grand symphonies, timeless literature and sculpted or painted inspiring works of art.  These things were most likely done during long periods of solitude – would they have been as deeply inspired without it? 

Our children live in the greatest technical age ever seen by humanity and they will benefit from it.  It enables constant connection and instant communication. But will these coming generations ever sit alone in a room, writing – with a pen – at a desk without any connection to the outside world?  Will they ever be alone with their thoughts for long stretches of uninterrupted time?  Will they be inspired by a great idea – only to have it lost after being interrupted by a text? 

Only time will tell.

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