We live in a really noisy society.
I mean, think about it.
Every second someone’s playing a song or watching a video. Listening to a podcast or having a debate.
It’s rare that one is able to get some peace and quiet. Time to reflect and think.
It has become so hard to do that people pay for it now.
They’ll give you money to babysit their kids. Pay to go on a weekend trip in the mountains or on an island. Even spend 100s if dollars on noise-cancelling earbuds so they can go to sleep.
They’ll give hard-earned money just so they can isolate themselves for a little while.
With it being something so hard to find, it must have value right?
Anything that rare is very valuable when found. So, what is isolation’s benefit?
I know, for a long time I saw it as a negative thing. The thought of being alone & separates gave me chills, and I don’t mean the good kind.
The fact that it would require my being away from the group and possibly forgotten worried me half to death.
It wasn’t until I was in my senior year of college that I began to learn the benefits of isolation.
See, at the time I was going through a spiritual cleansing that included accountability, reflection, and...you guessed it, isolation.
At first, I wasn’t really feeling it.
My friendships started getting weaker. I was going out less. Spending more time in my room, just me, myself, and I.
It felt a bit like torture, until I settled into it a bit more.
Cold, lonely nights became dates with myself. Walks by the waterfront would morph into talks w/ God. Plus, times I did go out I appreciated the time spent more.
Now, I’m not saying it was perfect & I wasn’t happy when my social life left its winter season. What I am saying is that I discovered that there are pros to having time w/ one’s self.
It’s necessary for you to see what is really going on in your heart and mind.
Even Jesus had numerous seasons where he completed His journeys alone so He could regroup and be refreshed. (See Mark 1:13; Luke 22:41-44)
At the end of the day, enjoy the benefits of the outside & the inside, because they both are places that eventually one must be.