Tag: loneliness

At The Table

The two disciples whom Jesus joined on the road to Emmaus recognized him in the breaking of the bread.   What is a more common, ordinary gesture than breaking bread?  It may be the most human of all human gestures:  a gesture of hospitality, friendship, care, and the desire to be together.  Taking a loaf of…
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Great Love

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.      Mother Teresa It would be easy, when we look at all the loneliness and despair in the world, to be discouraged and feel as if our efforts to listen to and support others are making little impact.   But it’s not just about…
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Loneliness

Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.      Anne Hathaway   Here are three statements we have heard in the last week: “No one seems to care about me.” “I don’t…
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The Power of a Touch

  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.      Leo Buscaglia   I just miss getting a hug. Softly, hesitantly, in the middle of the…
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For the Want of Intimacy

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.      Helen Keller In a recent New Republic article – “The Lethality of Loneliness” – , science editor Judith Shulevitz wrote about the work of German psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.   In the late 1950’s, Fromm-Reichmann: … figured that loneliness lay at the heart of…
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Solitude

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.  That’s always been a tug of war for me.       Jodie Foster  She pours out everything for us.  Sparing virtually nothing.   Medical appointments.  Visitors.  Frustrations with neighbors.  Her fatigue.  Her fears.  Anger at…
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Honesty and Transparency

To be nobody but myself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else – means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.       e.e. cummings  We have been talking with each other for several months.  Writing frequently, too.  Growing to…
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When Someone Knows Your Name

Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life.  The thing that I’m most worried about is being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.      Anne Hathaway On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, where they had come to educate children,…
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I really don’t know what to do

      Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.      Emily Dickinson I really don’t know what to do. She reached out to us with these words, plaintive and despairing.  She feels lost, alone.  She is uncertain if a dawn will come to her again.  But still she reached out…
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This We Believe

We want to speak of the need for human connections and about the loneliness that all of us seek to rise above: We believe that all of us fight loneliness. It’s a part of the human condition that confronts and challenges each of us. Don’t we all need to form connections with someone else? Isn’t…
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