Solitude. It's not really the same as being alone or lonely. It's a chosen state of mind which allows one to reflect, grow, and reach toward something great. As winter nears an end (hopefully), I am using the last of it's quiet energy to reflect and embrace it's wisdom. Solitude allows the quieting of the mind, and a connection to powers and forces greater than us. It is in this quiet I am able to connect with myself on a more soulful level, and move forward into the spring with new life.
“Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.”
~Paul Tillich quotes