Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday inspiration

Happy Sunday!

Some of you may already know that one of my first loves is poetry. Today's bit of inspiration is a poem called "How to be Alone," written and performed by poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis and directed and animated by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. I found this video several months ago and was so inspired after viewing it. Enjoy!




How do you feel about being alone? Do you embrace it? Dread it? Fear it?

32 comments:

  1. Dana, I love being alone, eventhough I have a noisy family and grew up in a large, noisy family.

    Thanks for sharing the video. :)

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  2. This is a beautiful poem and perfect for me if I would absorb what she says. I like being alone, there are times when I need to be alone, but there's still a sadness in me to be alone all the time.

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    1. Yes, I think there needs to be a balance

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  3. wow, dana, i am going to sound like a weirdo, if i tell you how much this poem meant to me and how much i love it--it made me want to go back to writing only poetry----i adore her style her voice, and everything about this wonderful piece--thank you <3

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    1. You don't sound weird at all. I feel the same way about her style and voice. You should start writing poetry again. I'm glad the video inspired you. :)

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  4. I enjoy being alone if the need arises like if there is a need to finish a project, when contemplating and brainstorming etc. Being alone also enables me to discover.

    Thanks for sharing the video. :)

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  5. Very nicely done video and loved her writing and her cadence as she spoke her poem. I LOVE being alone; I think I thrive on it and it is what recharges me. Now going dancing alone, I'm not sure about that, but the other things like dinner, movie, etc I would be comfortable with. One of the hardest adjustments I have had to make with our new lifestyle (hubby quit his job and we moved into his parents' home when they went into assisted living) was having him around during my alone times that I had had for a lot of years (like breakfast and lunchtime). I know a lot of people would love to have their spouses there, especially widowed people, but I really liked that time and almost needed it to begin my day (I know it sounds terribly selfish doesn't it?) Its been a struggle over these past 16 months trying to find that right balance of alone.

    Very much enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing it! Enjoy your day!

    betty

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    1. I don't think that sounds selfish at all. I feel the same way on the days when my husband decides to take a personal day from work or work from home. Then I don't get the alone time I need, and I really miss it.

      Have a great Sunday!

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  6. For me it very much depends on my mood when I am in the middle of writing a story I want to be alone.

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  7. I don't mind being alone. I actually get a lot more done when nobody is bugging me.

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    1. I do, too--and as an added bonus, it's quiet enough for me to think. LOL

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  8. I always needed my alone time and used to have to carve it out to recharge and refuel my soul. Luckily I have never had a problem being alone since I have now been housebound the last seven years and it's just me and my cat 98% of the time. Alone does not equal lonely to me, though--not at all. I am perfectly happy on my own. I do remember walking in the woods and luncheonette counters and reading or writing in parks and on benches and hills and stoops. I do miss that. Of course, I have always been a letter writer and journaler--so I am still communicating. And these days there's email, blogging, and cell phones...but even those I can only give up so much of myself to. I need my alone time. That is when I am truly creative and content.

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    1. This is very beautifully said. I feel the same way--I'm most creative when I'm alone. :)

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  9. Sweet!
    I love to be alone because it so seldom happens. I finally had a WHOLE weekend to myself...don't think that has happened since 1986!

    Happy Sunday!

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    1. I hope you had a peaceful weekend! :)

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  10. Being the extreme introvert I am, I love it. I hate crowds- which is anything over 4 people-lol.

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    1. I'm with you about crowds. I just came back from a city festival, and it was wall-to-wall people all day. I hate it. I'm glad to be back home with the kids tucked in bed and some free time to write. :)

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  11. I love having solitary time and have always needed it. I remember when all the kids were young, I would lock myself in the bathroom for 10 or 15 minutes so I could be alone. LOL

    Thanks for the link to the amazing video.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the video.

      Solitary time with kids: I do that kind of thing, too. I call it my sanity break. :)

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  12. I love being alone!!! maybe because it really happens...I hear "mom. mom? mom!" almost constantly.

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    1. I think we're in the same boat!

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  13. Cool video. I'm not much of a fan of being alone, but sometimes it can be nice.

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  14. i get the most done when i'm alone.

    there is a time for everything and if mom doesnt get that me time, aint nobody happy! (to warp a saying!)

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    1. Love this--and I completely agree!

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  15. This was a great video, very poetic and encouraging. It has taken me many years to get used to solitude, and I still have trouble with it!

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    1. I love solitude now, but I wish I could have seen this video when I was younger. :)

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  16. I love being alone! Not lonely at all. I'm the biggest introvert I've ever met, after all. People just exhaust me to the point of pain.

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    1. Being alone and hearing myself think--I love it. :)

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