“All great and precious things are lonely.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
We all face loneliness at some point in our lives. Loneliness is to some extent, a natural and normal condition of life. Since, we live as separate beings in a vast and interconnected universe.
There are many ways we may experience loneliness, yet relatively few causes for it. Most forms of loneliness are a result of feeling misunderstood, unappreciated, alienated and unheard. These feeling can spark a cycle of negative mind chatter, leading us to perceive ourselves as insufficient, broken and unsupported by life.
Loneliness can lead to more loneliness. Especially, if we choose to believe that our loneliness is justified by an inherent personal defect; or, if it is perceived as a rejection, of us, by the world around us.
There is only one sure cure for loneliness. It is to know that you are never alone. Never. You don't need to fit in with any particular "community" or "tribe". You are already living in community with EVERYTHING.
A first step out of loneliness is to appreciate yourself as you are... a unique, and sometimes quirky individual. The second step is to muster up the courage to follow your own heart... to truly become who you are becoming. The third step is to realize that no matter what you choose to do, you are essential to the world.
Wishing you a day of high-stepping chaotic merriment.
Fly on, Superhero.
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