April 18, 2016

 In Musings

ISOLATION

“Your isolation must not be mechanical but spiritual, that is, must be elevation! At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door and say, ‘Come out unto us.’ But keep thy state; come not into their confusion. The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.”    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Roseanne
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    This is a beautiful quote, Ann. I relish my one day a week when I don’t have to go anywhere and, if I want, not talk to anyone. This is how I recharge my battery.

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      Ann Grasso
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      It is interesting to assess how each of us finds our energy. Some through solitude and others through interaction with other people. This is one of a number of simplistic tests to learn if we are introverts or extroverts. More and more, I switch the proportion of time spent in solitude (greater) to time spent in interaction (lesser.) Anyone wishing to see follow up comments needs to click the box, recently available, asking to see comments.

  • patsy monk
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    Deep…. I need time to myself. Although I love my family, friends and patients, they can suck the life right out of me! Nice to know it can be explained eloquently lol

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      Ann Grasso
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      R.W. does have a way with words!

  • Lise
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    I have always treasured my time alone, and at times fought for it. Once I recognized that “need” I found i easier to know when I most sought it. How nice the RWE could put my wants and needs into words so nicely:) One must remember to protect those things that keep us nourished and healthy.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Awareness of the properties of our “self care” is the first step to actually engaging in its practice. Thank you for recognizing this publicly.

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