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Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa
Loneliness is painful.
- You want love, affection, and companionship; not loneliness.
- You want to live with someone; not alone.
- You want someone available for conversation, outings, etc.; not, “When can we get together?”
So what do you do while you’re waiting for that special person?
You remember, “Living alone doesn’t = loneliness?” It’s true. You can live alone and not be lonely. It just takes work.
True, living alone isn’t as convenient as saying to a husband or a wife, “Let’s go get some pizza.” You have to make calls, get ready, and get out of the house. It does take energy, persistence, and determination. But, living alone doesn’t = loneliness.
You may ask yourself, “Is it worth the effort?” All that calling and planning and then your friend opts out at the last-minute and you find yourself thinking unkind thoughts. You may even use a few words of a religious nature. Of course it’s irritating when people don’t follow through. But, my training and experience says it’s worth the effort to support healthy relationships.
You really need to get out of the house.
- You need the positive energy that good people bring with them.
- You need people to help you celebrate and mourn life’s events.
- You need to hug and be hugged.
You’re free, of course, to retreat to the recliner, chips, and TV. It’s convenient and comfortable. Who doesn’t enjoy a good movie or a good book – especially if it’s a dark, rainy, miserable day? You really don’t have to do anything with friends. You can sit at home with your pets.
But, as I stated in the previous article, you suffer when you don’t accept life as it is for us humans. The truth is that you’re a biochemical electrical creature who’ s energized by good people. You actually really need good people in your life.
You may wish you were self-sufficient but actually life is too beautiful and too terrifying for that. Both wonderful and horrible things happen on planet earth. You need to travel with a group to celebrate good times and to find solace when difficult times arrive.
It all comes down to, “What are you willing to do?” What are you willing to do to keep yourself positive and healthy?
My professional, and personal, experience leads me to recommend your being proactive in at least three major ways:
- Be ready to date so that you’re open to a new compatible person. For example –
Be social; stay used to being with people.
Don’t give in to anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
Get help if you need it so that you’re a positive person.
- Develop and support loving supportive relationships as a single person so that you’re being loved as you are. You’ll do better if you’re not starved emotionally.
- Robotically get yourself to events where it’s possible to meet new people around your age. Go whether you feel like it or not. Act like a robot who’s programed to go out.
You may not feel like doing any of these things and of course you don’t have to. However, isolating leads to depression, then to anxiety, and then to even more depression and anxiety as you realize how alone you really are. Your friends drift away. Family doesn’t find you very inviting. Few people are attracted to depressed and anxious people; they’re emotionally draining. It eventually comes down to you and your pets and even your dog may not seem as excited to see you. But, your life doesn’t have to come down to this.
Here are a few things that elevate mood and energy. –
- Use music, religious faith, beauty, and meaningful work to energize you.
- Buy an affectionate pet. Petting, touching, is good for you.
- Use meditation to increase your ability to connect with yourself, others, nature, and God.
Passively waiting is rarely a good strategy. Give yourself a chance. Be ready so that if the right person shows up you’re emotionally there. Why should you use lose a good opportunity and let someone else enjoy the relationship?
You’re not alone! Family and friends can still give strength and courage. Groups give helpful ideas and encouragement. Physicians, professional psychotherapists, and counselors work to decrease depression and anxiety and help people stay focused on their goals. Support is available. Be courageous and get the help you need.
Here are my main points –
- A single person need not live a lonely life.
- It always takes an effort to stay connected with people.
- It’s worth the effort.
If you’re feeling lonely ask yourself –
- What’s my next step so that I’m loving and enjoying people?
- How can I get myself to do what I know I need to do?
- What help do I need?
I wish you the very best.
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