Thoughts on Solitude


There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are.  And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song — but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.”

Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and diplomat  (1904–1973)

9 comments on “Thoughts on Solitude

    • Carol,
      I’m with you (so is my soul). We are still in physical isolation – since March 1st – and it’s not been a struggle for me. My husband, though, is an extrovert and it’s a bit more difficult for him. Even when I’ve done ZOOM for the art classes I signed up for I find myself really fatigued afterwards. However, I might be in the minority since the Chronic Fatigue/Fibro plays a big part. Stay safe now that you are back to work.

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      • Fortunately the library is not yet open to the public. We are doing “contact-less” pick ups whereby they order items online and we put them on hold until they come to pick them up. At that time they have to call in and we bring the items out and leave them on a table. So, not much risk as yet. I am anxious about re-opening though, which apparently will be done in stages. Our director is being very careful and I appreciate that. Thanks for your concern (also masks are mandatory as is frequent washing of hands).

        Chronic fatigue/fibro must be so difficult. I cannot even imagine the challenges. My hubby used to be such a social butterfly but the health issues have curbed that and in many ways it makes me sad for him because along with physical challenges comes depression, which is par for the course with many illnesses. This pandemic has forced an even smaller circle (or bubble) upon us. I am so grateful for WordPress, it is saving my sanity, especially when I read uplifting and encouraging posts such as this.

        Take good care of you and stay safe.

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        • I’m heartened by the decisions of your director and the opening of the library so carefully.
          The only good news I can say about the depression that comes from chronic conditions is that you don’t really care. However, the toll that takes on loved ones who watch helplessly is often more painful. It does seem that chronic conditions impact the brain’s neurochemistry in ways that research hasn’t really addressed – the brain-body interface is real (as is evidenced by the fact they are connected by the NECK!)

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          • A few years ago I spent the summer working for the Canadian Mental Health Association. During my time there I was asked to create Power Point Presentations for a lending library the local office was setting up. It was challenging and in the end very educational. Chronic conditions due lead to depression, and I learned how differently depression impacts men and women, so when it is manifested as anger (as in my husband’s case) I am at least able to understand it, even if there is little I can do to alleviate it. It does take a toll, but thanks to reading blogs such as yours, and writing my own I am better equipped to deal with it all. I very much appreciate the wisdom and encouragement shared here.

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            • You’re right. Most people don’t know that there is a Dx called “Anxious Depression” and “anxious is a mild description because it can really manifest from irritable to angry. When I get depressed (as often happens with the fibro). When I find myself irritable, impatient with Freddie our dog it’s my clue that I’m depressed. Luckily Freddie doesn’t seem to notice . . . my husband notices!

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