October 2020 Newsletter
Hello, and an over-arching October to you!
Solitude or being with others?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about solitude and being with others.
"No man (or woman) is an island", they say. As a child I would have loved being an island, since most other
people made me uncomfortable, if not downright frightened. This little girl absorbed in reading a book could
have been me in my Happy Place. Yet although I'll probably always cherish my solitude,
as I've grown I've come to value interaction with others more than ever.
The current pandemic, with its enforced social distancing and many folks working from home or attending school on-line,
has upended our usual idea of togetherness. Now gatherings of more than a few people could be seen as dangerous,
causing the more outgoing and sociable among us to feel lonely and isolated, cut off from human contact. Are you
happier interacting in person less, finding it more peaceful? Or do you miss being with other people, and those sometimes
On-line meetings over Zoom or Skype or FaceTime have replaced many traditional family face-to-face events,
as well as business meetings. This is a mixed blessing, since you can't hug Grandma when she's on a screen
or smell her comforting lavender fragrance. And you also don't have to commute to your office and get all
dressed up to participate in that conference when only your face and the top part of your body will be visible.
People need other people; we are social creatures. We learn from each other, and we help one another. We need
solitary time to think our own thoughts free of interruption too. How is the balance of time alone vs. time
with others playing out for you now? I like to write, which I can only do well in solitude. Then when I share
what I've written with others, and especially when someone else responds, I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
The complaints about "Zoom fatigue" aren't just about too much screen time, to me. They're also about too
much forced time around others. Do you need to attend every single on-line meeting, or every single family on-screen
event? Similarly, you may be spending too much time alone, starting to fall into a destructive pattern like
over-eating, digging yourself a hole it will be difficult to climb out of.
As is true in many areas of Life, balance is the goal, a balance of activity and rest, of work and play, of solitude
and of time around other humans. Where are you on this continuum -- do you need to connect more with others, or disconnect
a bit to connect with yourself? Check in with your feelings to tell whether you're spending too much time alone, craving
human interaction, or you're overwhelmed with meetings and on-line chatter. Only you know what's right for your peace of mind,
and only you can get that for yourself.
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Enjoy the beginning of this outstanding month of October.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!