Holy Heretic Daily Devotional-August 26-Solitude

Our Lady


Compiled by Mercy Junction Councel Member Sadie Morgan

“Solitude:  A good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.”  ~~ Josh Billings

Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. He was a famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States, perhaps second only to Mark Twain.

So what would a humorist know about solitude?  Probably a great deal.  Billings’ antics got him thrown out of college (though he was from a notable Massachusetts family), and he spent the first half of his life in a variety of places and occupations before becoming a “name” in the literary world.  For most of us, those kinds of life changes offer ample opportunities to reflect on our lives and decide on new directions.  I doubt his experience was very different.

Yes, we need times, moments of solitude – to breathe, relax, and consider our course ahead.  But if we stay in isolation, the benefit is lost in self-obsession.  Most religious traditions and even recovery programs encourage a time of self-examination or “inventory”.  But this is invariably followed by instruction to share our findings and let them guide us to better relationships with others in our world.

Make time for solitude – then re-enter the world reinvigorated!

Action:  Has it been awhile since you’ve examined where you’re “at” in life?  If it has, make a plan (write it on your calendar) for when you will take some solitude time and make an “inventory”.  Where are you right now?  Where do you want to go?  How will you get there?

When you emerge from solitude, share your insights with those close to you.

Sharing: We’d love to hear about your observations!

** Don’t forget your gratitude journal at the back of your print edition of Holy Heretic! **


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