QUOTE: If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life. — Michael Josephson

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  1. Yes. Learn to enjoy your own company while being part of the world. Definition of a bore: Someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

  2. i totally agree. every weekend, i leave my home to run errands & shop by myself. my husband knows that i will be gone for hours, and he’s fine with that. i read once that if you like being alone, you “like” yourself! i really enjoy being alone on saturdays, since i teach all week, and that’s my one day to really get things done. i don’t feel lonely or in need of company. i smile, i laugh, i sing in the car, and i make pleasant conversation with everyone i come in contact with. i am happy! and it’s a way for me to relax and recoop.

  3. That is not being alone. Your one weekend day of running errands without your husband or your students has nothing to do with the true sense of being alone. Being alone is coming home every evening to a quiet house with no one to greet you or ask your day was. Being alone is climbing into bed and having no one to say good night to. And waking up to the same quiet every day. Being alone is eating out by yourself on a regular basis while others sit at tables of two , three and more. Being alone is spending Christmas and Thanksgiving with just yourself. Being alone is having had both of your parents leave your life at an early age and having no family as a support system in any way shape or form. So please, don’t compare your one day a week of running errands to the feeling of being content in your aloneness. You still know your husband is home waiting for you and a part of your life. This definately was not a good example of being alone and being content with it.

    1. I understand where you are coming from, but everyone has different levels of “lonely” and “alone” feels. Yes, she is not truly alone. Her point is she can enjoy her own company and soltitude. I don’t completely agree with her statement either, but it’s quite rude to say “my life is worse than yours.” I can say your example of being alone isn’t all that either. At least you are surrounded by people in your day life when you go to work! Some people were literally thrown in the streets the day they were born, and had to live truly alone and enclosed to survive. I say this only because your comment seemed very spiteful. Again, I agree with your sentiment, but no need to put others down.

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  4. Language… has created the
    word ‘loneliness’ to express the
    pain of being alone. And it has
    created the word ‘solitude’ to
    express the glory of being alone

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