How Important is it to Create Solitude in Your Life? – Day 137

October 15, 2010 3 Comments


365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 137


Quotes of the Day

“I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.” – Einstein

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” – Picasso

“When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer–say, traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep–it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly- Mozart


Solitude.  We all long for it and as you can see by the above quotes, some very impressive and creative men thought it essential to our wellbeing and productivity.

When I first arrived in Australia I felt a little panicky about the 5 weeks of solitude facing me.  I was out of my comfort zone and had a fear of the unknown.  Well I’m happy to say that I have just completed a week and a half, one third one of my Australian Journey and I’m feeling grounded and relaxed.  I am really getting into the groove of waking up with NO AGENDA.  I fix my breakfast in my little compact kitchen, read, write, workout, eat again, walk, read, eat again and sometimes, I must admit I play a little poker.  Actually the poker has been fun and lucrative and probably helped my feelings of loneliness a bit.  It has also given me a chance to get to know a number of Australian people in a way that I wouldn’t have with normal touring of the country. It’s like spending the evening with 200 Crocodile Dundees – a lot of fun!

Having said that, I am protective of my solitude and purposely am not making too many plans with the friends I have here (ok, one friend) or doing too many tours.  I am allowing myself a few touristy things and am planning on taking the Great Ocean Road Tour as soon as the weather will accomodate.  It seems I misjudged Melbourne spring weather, it is a lot like Vancouver spring weather when it rains.

I realize that I am lucky to have this time and it has motivated me to carve out “alone time” on a regular basis when I return to real life.  I think my husband will be more interested in creating space for himself as well which will make for a healthier relationship.  Jack was much the same as me when the reality of this was upon us – paralyzed.  I have been very impressed and encouraged by his progess this week.  It seems my husband is embarking on his own journey that hopefully will continue once I get back.  For the first time in his life he is seeing the benefits of spending time alone and using that time for self improvement.  In fact I think he is getting more out of this than me!!!!

And now, if you will excuse me I must return to my solitude.

3 Comments to “How Important is it to Create Solitude in Your Life? – Day 137”
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  2. Jill Sangster says:

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    May peace be with you…..


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