Loneliness is an insidious state of mind.
As you’re working to fill in the spaces
in your life that have been stripped away
for reasons over which you feel powerless,
it takes advantage by nibbling at the edges
of your life that are now outside your focus:
No friends to hug or join for coffee;
No one to whom you can speak your truth;
No events to which you can look forward.
It’s not that you really mind being alone
for as an introvert, it’s needed for balance.
Still, balance is key. Too much aloneness morphs
into loneliness without conscious intention.
It inexplicably imbalances your physical world,
as well as influencing your emotional world.
Its very insidiousness diverts your focus
by sparking aches, pains, fears, and sadness,
engendering depression for all your troubles.
Loneliness only needs sadness in any form
to magically turn your world upside down.
Strength of purpose will win the day for some.
For others, purpose can be as elusive as the
infamous gold at the end of the rainbow.
Instead, self-pity and bitterness set up house
which only feeds the beast of loneliness.
Despite the heavy burden of our afflictions,
we must first seek a small purpose in our life,
shower it with passion until our ills slip away.
Moments of control will win the day over
self-pity and bitterness and open our hearts,
unafraid of the future and leaving the past behind.