Finding comfort in being with yourself…

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“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

—  Albert Camus, from Notebooks, 1951-1959
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2 Comments

August 25, 2013 · 1:57 pm

2 responses to “Finding comfort in being with yourself…

  1. Eli

    We so often forget about ourselves. We’re often so distracted that we barely know what or who we really are. At times we’re afraid we have some deep flaw and need to escape (from our inner world) to reality. Winnicott describes this as the manic defense.

  2. You will never be happy with someone else’s company til you really enjoy your own company 🙂

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