Loneliness

My feelings when around people… [especially public gatherings and ceremonies] 

 

I reside with others, but live alone

I walk with others, but dance alone

I converse with others, but talk to myself

I chant with others, but sing to myself

I think with others, but dream in solitude

I laugh with others, but cry in solitude

I strengthen others, but struggle for life

I sympathize with others, but am not understood

I am liked by others, but have no love

 

11 Replies to “Loneliness”

  1. This reminds me much of Rav Soloveitchik’s musings in his book “The Lonely Man of Faith.” I often find that book a comfort when I feel like there is no place I really belong and that I cannot connect at more than a surface level with others. I come to realize that the loneliness is often what compels me to reach out to G-d rather than my fellow man for true understanding. Without that feeling of never quite fitting in, it would be easier not to reach for that relationship with G-d but rather to instead find more comfort in friendships. It would be easier to look at the earth and mistake the importance of the creation for the search for the creator. I’ve come to view my loneliness as my gift, like so many of the Imahot’s childlessness which prompted them to cry out to G-d and thereby attain greater spiritual heights than they might otherwise.

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  2. Beautiful and so true. It has always been a pleasure reading your posts. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award on my blog. Kindly take a look. Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers!

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