Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quotable: The benefits of loneliness

"If we took time to examine our loneliness—standing still for a moment, instead of running after activity or recoiling in apathy—perhaps we could see how our loneliness isn’t something to automatically avoid. We might discover its transcendence, meaning we might see how it can carry us through our own worries and gloom and bring us closer to God. This doesn’t mean that the gnawing goes away, but that the gnawing can be a reminder of what is good, just as a cut on our finger makes us all the more aware of the importance of that finger, or just as a broken window makes us appreciate the warmth of a home. Indeed, sometimes it takes the lack of something to reveal what we actually value."

From Altared by Claire and Eli