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The Difference Between Loneliness and Solitude

Updated on December 29, 2016

Loneliness is 1.unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of others: a lonely man 2.causing or resulting from the state of being alone: a lonely exisintence 3.isolated, unfrequented, or desolate 4.without companions; solitary.

Solitude is to enjoy being in a quiet place, being alone by choice.

I was thinking about the difference between loneliness and solitude and they are quite different. It is actually important to seek solitude in order to process your thoughts and the day and to de-stress.

Spending time alone is very important for introverted people especially, as they get tired being around people sometimes. I find I can relax well when around just one person at a time, or small groups, although I do enjoy larger groups and being around crowds at times.




Everyday we need our time for solitude. At the beginning of the day is best, to spend about five minutes in silence to meditate and prepare for the stresses of the day. It's a good time to spend in quiet prayer and reflection. We can ask God to help us have a good day and declare that we will have a good day!

Also at the end of the day we can take time to relax especially in bed in the dark with quiet to reflect and meditate and say our night prayers. Thank God for the blessings in your life no matter how small they may seem and to ask for what you need.

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I decided to sit and be quiet for ten minutes. Well, when I was done, I had come up with a brilliant idea for what I'm going to do for Christmas gifts this Christmas!

I was inspired! It worked!

I hope this article has helped you see the difference between being lonely and spending time with God and peace and quiet. And even if you live alone, you are not alone because you live in a community, a neighborhood, and you can learn how to become more active in your community if you don't work, or are not.

Look for local things to do, walk around and talk to your neighbors, and get to know the world around you, and you will never feel alone even if you have no husband/wife.

Thank you for reading.

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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 years ago

      Yeah, I know what you mean, I def need time to recharge my batteries!

      Rosemary

    • maramerce profile image

      maramerce 

      4 years ago from United States

      I get lonely sometimes, but I also like to be alone a lot. I have to have time to process things in my life and surroundings and to recharge my batteries. I have to have time to take in art, be inspired, and to think.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 years ago

      Wow, that's great things are looking up!

      Rosemary

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thankfully, they are all home and well. Dad is 82 years old, and doesn't have long left. My husband gave birth to kidney stones! My daughter is home from the State Hospital and has maintained her mental health for over a year now. Things are looking up!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 years ago

      Yes, finding people who are more lonely or upset definitely helps! I find that solitude is a necessity for me NOW too. It never was. I used to be afraid to be alone. Now I like it. :) Walking at sunrise sounds awesome :) I remember doing that when I had a paper route and with all the morning dew, on the ground, I loved it.

      Sorry to hear about what happened with your family. Are they ok now?

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!

      Rosemary

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Solitude is a necessity for me. I used to walk at sunrise for my solitude, now, I just enjoy reading some inspirational material and meditating. The first time I really felt lonely was when my husband, daughter, and father were all in the hospital at the same time, and I was home by myself. I could not see any of them at the time, as they were in different cities. I felt very empty inside. I like what you said, that loneliness is a choice. At that time, I had to choose what to do, and I decided to find someone who might be more lonely than myself. It worked!

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