Making peace with solitude becomes an integral part of making peace with chronic illness. With illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia and MS, in which both physical and cognitive exertion can cause symptoms to flare, the distractions of doing or putting our mind to something have to be set aside. Both CFS, MS and Myasthenia Gravis (a Neuromuscular condition) can effect the eyes to where reading and even watching tv are impossible. What is left is “being”, resting our bodies, curling up with our thoughts, our feelings, our souls.
On Friday’s I like to share quotes or poems that I hope affirm or inspire us in our journey with chronic illness. Today I share the wisdom of Thomas Merton and a bit of humor from Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (because making peace with solitude does not always come easily.)
“It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting an immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition. ” - from No Man is an Island, Thomas Merton
“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall” –Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Happy Friday! And for you who find yourself in solitudes company this weekend, may it be a peaceful companion. Kerry