The great omission in … life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space free from outside pressure which is the incubator of the spirit. — Marya Mannes
As a student, I often find myself rushing from one thing to the next, one deadline to the next deadline, task after task. Before I know it the term is over, the year is over and the time has flown by so quickly. I don’t want to get to the end of it all and feel like I’ve forgotten to stop and look at the big picture… the joy of friendships, university and life in general.
The same goes with life. We spend so much time thinking about stages: school, university, career, marriage, family, retirement etc. I don’t want to get to the end of it all and realise I missed the whole point of being here as I was too focused on moving on to a new stage.
Stop… Reflect… Think
It is so important to stop every now and again and just think, not about the outside world but about you and your life. Write down your thoughts, dreams and goals and just reflect for a moment.
Too often we underestimate the importance of just doing nothing… Just sitting, just thinking, just being completely alone and still. Times of solitude are often equated with loneliness, sadness or pure time-wasting. However, there are many psychological benefits to spending time alone and just thinking. It provides clarity, peace of mind and a better understanding of who you are.
Make the effort to invest time not just in your work, in your relationships, and in specific tasks but in you. Take time to address those questions building up in your mind and to think about you. Take time to breathe and appreciate all of the blessings you have in life.
As a Christian, the most valuable moments of my week are the moments I take out to be with and talk to God. It reminds me that I’m here on this earth to glorify him. I can fix my gaze on him, feel at peace and know that I have a greater purpose in life, beyond anything the world can offer.
Sometimes there are questions building up in our minds that we don’t take the time to think about. Sometimes God is trying to speak to us but we don’t take the time to just listen. Don’t let life rush by. Don’t let business take over. Stop, think and relax in solitude.