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Isolation vs. Solitude – II

Enjoying Solitude

Continuing last week’s exchange ….. here’s a thought …..what if we were to recalibrate the meaning of isolation? Just in our minds? Just for now? What if we were to – albeit temporarily – swap  meaning and connotation of isolation with solitude?

A little play of words, a minor adjustment, and magically we’d be basking in the luxury of solitude. That enviable state of being that professionals dream of, that poets write about, and the ultimate state of connection with self that philosophers thrive on. So let’s make the most of the solitude …that is truly God sent in more ways than one.

The key to changing self-isolation to solitude is two-fold – discovery of self and appreciation of what one is blessed with.

Imagine for a moment, being expected to self isolate to save your life, but having no real home to be in.

Imagine having a bucket list of things to do – as and when you have time – and never ever finding the time to tick those boxes.

Imagine craving the luxury of solitude but there being no possibility of it in your busy busy life.

Imagine the creativity that could emanate from your flights of fancy as you sit back now and let your thoughts  wander.

This might be a good time to be grateful for what we have and so as we look for wondrous solitude in imposed isolation, as we transform this period of isolation into the luxury of solitude let’s take this as Nature’s way of giving us time to …

…replenish, rejuvenate and recharge…

– As we undergo this transformation and undertake to move from isolation to solitude so will Mother Nature simultaneously…

…replenish, rejuvenate and recharge…

– As She takes a break from her noisy routine of the past several decades and enjoys the much needed silence all around.

– As we allow her to wallow in the myriad colours of spring, that we give her time to enjoy, by stepping aside for a while.

– As She catches her breath and beholds us again with love in her eyes.

– As She gets ready to welcome us once again, her beloved children, in her bountiful arms, forgiving us for our recalcitrant ways.

– As She generously gives us another chance to live.

Let’s give Mother Nature time to repair and heal as we make the most of the luxury of this unexpected solitude.

So remember folks…

Self-isolation = Solitude = Second chance at life. 

Dr. Vandana R. Singh and Arindam Ghosh
Written for Schoolnet India & Learnet Skills on 17th April 2020

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