"I want to know
if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments."
From The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Do you like yourself? Are you able to be alone and still be happy?
I've been thinking a lot lately about this particular topic and have discussed it with several of my friends. In fact, it's something I've felt a deep connection with for many years. I firmly believe one can't expect to find happiness in someone else. I think liking oneself is a necessity and far too many people I know have never even stopped to consider "do I like myself?".
I know I've learned more about myself and my personal relationships in the times I'm alone- still and surrounded by silence. Maybe it's because I'm an analytical virgo, but I cannot imagine not having the quiet moments to look at and understand what's going on with my life. I don't have all the answers and I can't control what happens, but I know I'm far more likely to come to a better conclusion in the quiet, alone times than I am if I'm constantly on the go.
I don't mean to always sound like the eternal optimist, but a tiger can't change it's stripes and I'm so very happy these days.
So.....do you like yourself? Are you able to be alone and still be happy?
If you want to read The Invitation in it's entirety, go here.