Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration


The Joy of Being Alone

posted by Alex Blackwell

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn

Aloneness does not have to mean being lonely. There are simple, wonderful things you can enjoy about your solitude.

Re-read a book from your childhood – Whether it’s an elementary-level book or a high school novel, books from our past can be impactful in adulthood. The words will strike you differently. The meaning will hit you harder. The nostalgia juxtaposed with the new-found significance will have your heart and head bursting with joy.

Practice a skill – Have you been telling yourself you will pick up guitar? Do you have good intentions to begin writing again? Are you interested in dancing? Free time can be practice time for you. There are few joys quite like proudly developing a new skill or hobby. Improve your sense of self and your self-worth by sharpening that skill you’ve always dreamed of honing.

Try meditation – There are simple online guides for beginner’s meditation. Some of the practices are so simple they can be done in five minutes at your job. The benefits of meditation span from reducing stress and increasing relaxation to overcoming fears and broadening self-awareness.

Write a 6-word story – From a dedicated twitter feed, to submission-ran blogs, to the published book Not Quite What I Was Planning, six-word stories have gained quite the popularity. The idea is to create a summary of your life or what you think your “story” is, using only six words. Succinct doesn’t mean easy though. You’ll get your wheels turning with this one. Here are two examples: “Better than I could have imagined”, and “I run looking forward, never back.”

Enjoy a new food – Spice up your solitude by getting adventurous with your meals. You don’t even have to leave the house, if you’re not in the mood for the dining alone experience in a restaurant. A quick trip to the market and you can retrieve a few ingredients needed to make yourself a new and exciting dish. Browsing online recipes will yield you a meal that will fit your schedule, budget, and tastes.

About Alex Blackwell

Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free Peace and Balance tools.
Web | Inspiring Things | Free eBook: How to Love Consciously



Previous Posts

A Simple Guide to Stressing Less
“I'm too grateful to be hateful. I am too blessed to be stressed.” - El DeBarge Your life is most likely filled with ups and downs with a whole lot of stress in between. The stress can make it extremely difficult to enjoy the good things life has to offer. A lot of the stress comes from s

posted 12:28:46am Oct. 02, 2014 | read full post »

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hofmann Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? You work hard, shop hard and play even harder with the kids. You have a full work schedule and it covers everything from la

posted 10:18:38am Sep. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration #50
Today’s Sunday Inspiration: One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of all of the things that make you sad. Image Source: Google Images About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

posted 12:19:04pm Sep. 28, 2014 | read full post »

8 Ways to Ruin a Healthy Relationship
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” - Henry Winkler Relationships aren’t easy. The good news however is that humans have been messing them up for thousands of years now. And as a result, there’s no shortage of advice on the subject. When it comes to a relationship, it’s

posted 12:30:22am Sep. 24, 2014 | read full post »

An Inspirational Guide to Weight Loss
“Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.” - Drew Carey You don’t need to be a doctor, fitness guru or weight loss expert to realize when it’s time to shed a few pounds. It just takes the awareness that your personal health isn’t where you want it to be. Being committed

posted 5:00:20am Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.