The Twin Cities Rainbow Chaser

moving across the country…to discover what God has in store

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

on September 23, 2012

The word “solitary” could easily describe my life.  I have always been a solitary person, often retreating to be alone with my thoughts…my books…my words.  Through these moments, I have deepened my understanding of myself and the world around me.

Solitary travels have allowed me to explore new spaces on my own time.  I have wandered through various cities, never having a specific destination in mind.  At times, these wanderings were less than intelligent.  I might have placed myself at risk…but I was too lost in my own thoughts to be considered by such pettiness.  Through solitary moments like this, I developed a sense of strong, willful independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solitary moments have also allowed me to push aside the distractions of the world and discover the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis.  From a bike ride to a walk through a park to sitting on my own front porch…I have noticed little things in moments of solitude.

 

 

 

And thus…I have learned to breathe in deeply.  In breathing deeply, I have lost myself in the scent of flowers.  I have surveyed rose bushes, with a friend leaning over my shoulder, and found the solitary, brilliant rose that survived harsh storms.  She stands alone in honor of her friends who have fallen…and as nature’s token of appreciate to me, for I take the time to see her beauty.  I do not lament the loss of the others.  Instead, I honor her for standing strong.

Through my travels (which seem few compared to those which I desire to complete), few places have left me feeling so “solitary” amongst many than the beach.  There is a magic that happens when you look out into the horizon and lose yourself.  Even your thoughts are washed away in the salty spray and you can’t help but wonder, “How did I get here?” And then you realize that you are far from alone.  There are those who have guided you through the journey and lifted you up when you have found yourself crumpled in a heap.  There are those that you have guided and helped.  And there are all of those ahead of you…no matter how solitary you try to be, you cannot make this journey alone.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   Isaiah 41:10

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