There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley

“Solitude makes us tougher toward ourselves and tenderer toward others; in both ways it improves our character,” noted philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Spend some time away from the crowd and the noise of life. Set aside a few minutes to be alone-just you and God. In quietness we turn our minds away from the problems of life and fix our thoughts on the mind of God.

Solitude is the time to explore your feelings and think in peace. It is a time to reflect on the things you are grateful for. It is the positive and constructive experience of engagement with oneself. Solitude is refreshing, a time where we voluntarily retreat from the company of others. Moments of solitude can have profound effects on our productivity and creative thinking. Our creativity comes out when we are in contemplation. We need peace and quiet time to work out solutions to problems we may be facing.

Taking a walk in nature is another way to connect with ourselves. There is a solitary happiness in appreciating the natural world close up. Take time to smell the flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature. If you can fully appreciate just being with your own thoughts, you can fully interact when you’re with people. Solitude is a gift you give yourself.

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