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Nouwen says it all….solitude

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i read Henri Nouwen every morning…and today he so eloquently expressed what my heart and my soul have been learning….

Finding Solitude

All human beings are alone. No other person will completely feel like we do, think like we do, act like we do. Each of us is unique, and our aloneness is the other side of our uniqueness. The question is whether we let our aloneness become loneliness or whether we allow it to lead us into solitude. Loneliness is painful; solitude is peaceful. Loneliness makes us cling to others in desperation; solitude allows us to respect others in their uniqueness and create community.

Letting our aloneness grow into solitude and not into loneliness is a lifelong struggle. It requires conscious choices about whom to be with, what to study, how to pray, and when to ask for counsel. But wise choices will help us to find the solitude where our hearts can grow in love.

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Author: melinda

a follower of Christ & a Daughter of the Great High King of Heaven disguised as a wife, a mum, a nurse, a baker, a gardener, a teacher, an artist and many things unknown by others.

One thought on “Nouwen says it all….solitude

  1. Interesting! I am a big fan Of Henri, and all that he has done. If you havn’t yet, I think maybe it would be worth your while to look at some of Thomas Merton’s writings as well especially “No Man Is An Island”. Keep writing its truthful and sincere, the world needs more of that!

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