Friday, June 10, 2005

Only Connect

'It is not physical solitude that actually separates one from others; not physical isolation, but spiritual isolation. It is not the desert island nor the stony wilderness that cuts you from the people you love. It is the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too.

If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others. How often in a large city, shaking hands with my friends, I have felt the wilderness stretching between us. Both of us were wandering in arid wastes, having lost the springs that nourished us - or having found them dry. Only when one is connected to one's own core is one connected to others, I am beginning to discover. And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.'
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

How often have I been saved by a few moments of quiet. When things were spiralling out of control, when I was headed for a sure crash and burn down the F1 circuit of life. When there were no indicators whatsoever to where I was going, what was happening. It was only silence. But IT IS in silence that our redemption is found, when there are no answers, no light, no hope. Only in silence do I hear my heart's true cry and God's still voice. Then I know. Then, I am found. Then, I am truly me again - and from nowhere can I relate to another person except from being in touch with my true self. - YY


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