Solitude and Living Learning Loving

“Instead of viewing aloneness as a shameful condition to cure, think of it as one of freedom and opportunity.” -Lauren Mackler, Soulmate

It’s not easy to explain my need for solitude. Perhaps it comes from a childhood of spending hours without siblings near my age to occupy the space around me. Whatever the reason I crave time to myself.

What happens when we are alone?

  • You can choose how to spend your time 
  • You can make your own decisions
  • You can spend time reading or learning
  • You can contemplate and pray
  • You can develop self-awareness
  • You can hone personal skills

“Solitude is the creation of an open empty space in our lives by purposely abstaining from interaction with other human beings so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God.” (Life with God Bible, p. 531)

“. . . in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

Gail headshotI raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.

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