Friday, May 20, 2011

... alone ...




Language has created the word loneliness
to express the pain of being alone
and the word solitude
to express
the glory of being alone.

~ Paul Tillich


(The above image was created using three copyright-free images from the Web
 and one of my Pixel Dust Textures.  Free textures are waiting for you at my
other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.)



25 comments:

  1. smiles. both valid feelings...i have need of solitude but dont want to be a alone...

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  2. What a thoughtful quote. It made me think how solitude, to me, means being by myself, at peace. But loneliness can happen with people all around me.

    Maybe be new goal will be find solitude when there are people around me!

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  3. Brian: I think we all prefer solitude - yet there is a lot to be learned from our moments of loneliness.

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  4. Marion: It's good to have a sweet spot to go to inside where nothing and no one can disturb us.

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  5. HI BONNIE the image and quote are beautiful. I am rarely lonely - often alone. It took time to understand this peace within.
    Love to you
    Gail
    peace.....

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  6. I enjoy my solitude more than most I suspect, but loneliness is an age old fear. It is interesting to think of them as the "same" with a different perception. Well done graphics too.

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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  7. I may choose solitude, never loneliness; though sometimes solitude entails loneliness.

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  8. Just to state the obvious, to me, solitude is when I am okay with being alone. Loneliness is when I'm not okay with being alone.

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  9. Gail: Yes, there is a choice point involved. We do (whether consciously or not) decide how to frame our aloneness.

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  10. Julie: Thank you. It is always and ever about perception, isn't it?

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  11. Robert (Solitary Walker): Yes, while our preference is solitude, we will all be visited by loneliness at one point or another. For instance, existential aloneness - knowing no one can feel our pain for us, or die our death for us, or know us completely, etc. - is the source of much of the stress and anxiety we experience as humans.

    Solitude is the place and affords us the time to come to terms with our existential aloneness (loneliness).

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  12. R.J.: Yes, and that loneliness is a time rich with opportunity to learn about self and life on this planet - if we don't run away from it.

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  13. Ellen: I'm glad you like it.

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  14. Just love this artwork! Solitude is a wonderful thing!

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  15. Oh Bonnie, your photo is spooky cool! Love it!

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  16. If we shift our lens, it's interesting the 180 degree change in focus, isn't it? RJ's comment rings true.

    In moments when I don't enjoy my own company, it feels lonely. In moments when being in the company of others is exhausting, I value the solitude.

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  17. Margaret: So glad you like it. I had fun doing it.

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  18. Linda Sue: I didn't think of it as spooky, but now that you mention it ... I see the spooky aspect!

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  19. Mila: Great metaphors to provide an aspiring artist - shifting our lens/changing our focus. It's great to know that our perspective is entirely up to us!

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  20. I've almost never been lonely when I was alone, but I've regularly been lonely with people around. I'm not really sure true solitude can ever be achieved with others around, though I don't think so—at least not in the sense I tend to view it; however, something very akin to solitude can be shared by kindred spirits.

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  21. Grizz: Oh yes - how precious is that - being able to be silent, comtemplative, reverent in companionship with a loved one. Moments I treasure!

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  22. Very nice image and beautiful poetry
    is a pleasure to read you.
    you have a happy weekend.
    a hug.

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  23. I would have never thought of putting text behind a photo, but somehow this works! Lovely quote, by the way!

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