LET US PRAY THAT OUR LONELINESS MAY SPUR US INTO FINDING SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, GREAT ENOUGH TO DIE FOR. Loneliness and isolation can leave us feeling empty and without hope sometimes. I have learned that when we feel stuck in our own thoughts and just want to be free of this pain, then all we have to do is look to God, the creator of the universe. He sent His son to overcome all of the pain of this world and He wants to help us overcome our pain as well.

Loneliness doesn't come from being alone: it comes from feeling that no one cares. We are meant to thrive in the community. It adds so much more to our lives and causes us to be happier. We all deserve happiness. I have learned that loneliness is the human condition that we can cultivate. It can allow our soul room to grow. Let us never expect to outgrow loneliness; never hope to find people who will understand us, someone to fill that space, otherwise, we will be disappointed. The best we can do is to understand ourselves, know what we want and not let others stand in our way.

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone. Why do I write?  It is not that I want people to think that I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to learn from my loneliness, from the problems that life constantly brings and to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

I have learned that if we try to really learn, sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…and an opportunity to get to know ourselves; to learn how strong we really are; to depend on no one but ourselves for our happiness; we will realize that a little loneliness goes a long way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful self. There is absolutely no point in sitting around and feeling sorry for oneself. The great power we have is to let go… focus on what we have, and what we want and remove which ones that have been mean or unkind to us. Once we have mastered to do that, we will never be alone and lonely.

By Tim Pedrosa

A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel along. Manday Hale