When you’re surrounded by people and beautiful family members for days…do you sometimes feel the need for solitude? To be alone with your thoughts and feelings and to watch the waves roll in and out, in and out?
I am always one who loves being with others…but needs many moments of silence and aloneness. It feels like a fierce need, to experience solitude. After moments or days of “otherness” it feels so important to nourish the “innerness”. As important as eating or drinking or sleeping.
It’s good to live among folks who understand this. Folks who cherish their own alone-time. Today my daughter sought her own quietness by the pool, and Mom wanted to go grocery shopping rather than stroll along the beach.
I hitched a ride with them to the Publix supermarket (2 1/2 miles north) and slowly (oh-so-slowly) meandered back down the beach toward home.
It is a special solitary walk when you connect with your deepest self and feel joy fill you. Sometimes that happens simply being in nature. Other times you feel blessed with insights. Sometimes you feel so present, so content. The crazy-thoughts and indecision and judgments lull into the background, suddenly not as important.
When you return to other people, you’re filled up with your own spirit once again. You have so much more to give. Your cup overfloweth with contentment and peace…you can share from the fullness of your gift of solitude.
As for the rest of the day, does anyone want to know? It’s been a quiet day. We haven’t been gallivanting anywhere, at least yet. We’ve read and napped and relaxed by the pool. My mom prepared Red Pepper Soup (for tomorrow night’s dinner). Kiah brought this recipe for her grandma. Sorry I don’t have time to type it out for you.
We’re heading off to the Dinner Theatre tonight. Anyone want to guess what musical we’re attending? This is a long-standing tradition–attending the Dinner Theatre–when we visit Mom and Dad in Florida.
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you what Kiah and I did last night. We walked about a mile to the theatre on the island and saw the new “Alice and Wonderland”. Kiah and I LOVED it. I had to write an itty bitty blog on Simply Here this morning, giving voice to the creativity this movie sparked. Click here if you want to read “When You Visited Wonderland”.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the movie:
Alice: Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
The Mad Hatter (to Alice): You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.
The Mad Hatter (to Alice): Have I gone mad?
Alice: (repeating what her father told her as a child): I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.