Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. James Russell Lowell
It’s become a cliché that it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of what we call modern life. But I’m not sure if life was ever a matter of relaxation and contemplation. It seems to me that, for most people, for most of human history, every day has been filled with tasks to accomplish and disasters, minor and major, to avert.
Which is just another way or saying that Lowell’s quote has applied to each of us for a very long time. We need to balance our involvement with everyday life with time to step back and contemplate our own state of mind.
It’s only by giving ourselves personal time to reflect on our experiences as part of society that we can be healthy as individuals and productive as members of the whole.