Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Power of Solitude
Solitude is often portrayed as a negative time filled with gloomy thoughts, envy, regret, resentment, and self-reproach.
But it can be a glorious occasion for growth if embraced with gratitude for good times and spiced with fresh analysis and an appreciation of small things.
I think the key to many of its benefits is vigorous curiosity.
How does this place work? Which word would be better in this paragraph? How did that author make such a minor character so memorable? Why did the composer choose that particular note? What tipped the scales at that committee meeting? What was valued? What was overlooked? Could this problem have been spotted earlier? How would a person of significant achievement regard this matter? Do the assumptions withstand scrutiny? What do I need to stop doing? Am I failing to help someone?
Here's a related point: A lack of gratitude and a lack of curiosity are two of the most dangerous gaps in life.
Fill them in and life changes for the better.
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:45 AM