Today I’ve had the gift of solitude; a day all to myself; a day for writing, for long walks in the woods, for reading, and for refueling. As a single mom, I came face to face with being alone the first time my boys went to stay with their dad for a weekend. I remember dreading that time, filling my days with one social engagement after another. But as time went by, I came to love those weekends on my own, gradually carving out longer and longer periods for myself, learning to revel in the solitude. In the silence and the stillness, I could find my center. I would return to the busyness of family life feeling calm, balanced, recharged.
These days, our home is rarely empty, and so this day on my own has felt especially indulgent. I’ve luxuriated in the space, in the freedom to do exactly as I please, in the absolute silence. My sense of balance and calm are restored. And I’ll be ready to welcome everyone back when they return.
How do you restore a sense of calm in your life?