“I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It’s the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.” ~ Peter Høeg, ‘Smilla’s Sense of Snow’

Life’s responsibilities often distracts from this. Loneliness can make us avoid solitude and self.

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Lone tree out near Christmas Valley, Oregon, near Ft. Rock.