The holidays are right around the corner, family and friends are going to be a daily part of our lives during this time. Trying not to get overwhelmed is a constant struggle, that’s where solitude comes in.
Thanksgiving is one of the most stressful times of the year! Cooking, cleaning, having family and friends over…UGH!! It’s tiring just thinking about it. It’s something we all go through every year, whether we want to or not.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when family comes to visit for the holidays. We usually have a big dinner, laugh, have a couple of drinks, talk the day away, then it’s football time!! We all go to the living room, and get ready to watch the game of the day! It’s a lot of trash talking going on..Lol!!
After about an hour, heads start to lean over, can’t keep our eyes open, everyone gets comfortable, instant nap-time! I usually miss the second quarter of the game. Oh well, that’s what happens after a big dinner!
Time to get up and wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen..Yuk!! I can sometimes get one volunteer to help, they soon disappear after a few minutes. So I’m left to do the “dirty work” but, to see them full and happy, it was well worth it.
I know you’re thinking, “when is she going to get to the solitude part?” Right now!
Solitude comes when the family has gone, the house is once again quiet. Now you have time to reflect on the weekend, the food, seeing their faces, laughing to yourself at the snoring going on during the game. Taking time to give thanks for being able to spend time with the people you love.
Solitude is taking time away to look inside yourself, to relish those special moments, and to pray. Even Jesus took time away in solitude to pray and replenish His spirit. If He can take that time away, why shouldn’t we do the same.
Solitude is that moment in time when it’s quiet, nothings moving, silence. Your mind is able to think without trying too hard to remember, thoughts come easily, mind pictures are vivid. It sets your mind and spirit at ease, they can become one.
Solitude can be a favorite place you like to go, a quiet place in your house, even in your mind. It’s where ever you choose for it to be. That one place where you can freely exhale, and relax.
We all need that place in our busy, stress filled lives. Take the time, find that place of solitude. Close your door, exhale and relax.