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Five Minute Friday

on August 9, 2013

Five Minute Friday

Linking up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes flat (unedited) on a prompt she provides. Today’s prompt is: Lonely.

Here goes. . .

It’s there in the beginning, ‘it is not good for man to be alone.’ Mr. Simon sings about being a rock and an island. Lonely? As though, the soul is being stretched and left much too thin, like a well running dry. I am neither rock nor island but I do so enjoy solitude. In solitude, I wear my skin like a cashmere sweater…I’m comfortable, I’m carefree. I collect my thoughts like old records strewn about me on the floor. I revive my soul. Does this make sense?

Momma said, ‘I enjoy being alone, but you are a social butterfly.’ How is it possible, to grow under the woman who has radar that detects your coming, and going, and growing and she misses what truly sets your soul ablaze? Scripture and quiet. Nature and quiet. Poetry and quiet. Here I am away from the din of the rat race, tucked under a homemade afghan on a thrift store chair and I do not feel lonely, I feel alive. It is dark, the stars are out, but there is sunlight here . . . I am like a sunflower with my face turned toward the sun—the Son actually. You redeem everything . . . even in being alone; we never really are, are we? Just like the Psalmist (Psalm 139), I have learned I can never flee your presence. I wouldn’t want to.



12 responses to “Five Minute Friday

  1. joanneviola says:

    I also enjoy having the quiet. But I so love being with people. Perhaps it is in the balance of both that we find the cure for being lonely. I was your neighbor at Five Minute Friday & very much enjoyed your thoughts!
    Happy Friday,

    • Yes, so true, I realized after I wrote this post, there needs to be balance. The people in my life are such precious gifts–I wouldn’t trade moments with them for anything! Thanks for visiting and for your encouraging words!

  2. Reta says:

    I can so relate to this…quiet for the soul is good. I too recharge by solitude. Yet, love being with friends. You are so right about needing balance. 🙂 Visiting from FMF.

    • TinaMaria says:

      Thank you Reta, I was just reflecting on Isaiah 26:3, I think we need a bit of quiet for the soul, so we can go out and do all the work set before us with excellence. Our relationships are better for it, aren’t they? Thank you for visiting from FMF. I took at peak at your blog as well.

  3. it is hard to be an introverted personality in a culture that seems to worship extroverts!

    i’m glad our God is both, perfectly!

  4. Vicki says:

    Such beautiful writing Tina! I so love how unique God has made each of us and how we are all a reflection of Him!

    • TinaMaria says:

      Thank you friend, I saw this quote and thought of you. . .”The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson.

      We have such a new friendship but you always convey your belief in me and consistently offer the blessing of encouragement. . .I so appreciate the gift!<3

  5. brianackermann says:

    Great post. I particularly enjoyed the imagery of the record collection strewn about you. I often find that Chaos has an odd tendency to breed peace and complacency. Some of my best times in life have come from tearing apart a book-case, scattering them all around me, as I examine and remember each of the things I like best about all my old ‘friends’. Out of chaos…peace…

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