How to be alone: Me-time moments

I have fifteen  five minutes to blog, okay? But I just hafta, hafta post this.

In some recent posts, I've harped on the value of reflection and alone-time in a rapid, highly social and digital world. Maybe this post doesn't digress from it, but spells it out more. Because many (no, all!) of us need a pause--a slow afternoon under the trees, perhaps? Or a couple of hours in the library buried in a Dickens classic? Or a post-breakfast morning listening to a symphony in one's own living room?

In the 2010 video embedded above "How To Be Alone," amateur filmmaker Andrea Dorfman visualizes Tanya Davis' poem on solitude. Thanks to a journalist friend who tweeted a link to the video, I learned that wanting to be alone to think, ponder on the world's nooks and crannies, and be more acquainted with our humanity is not "weird," in the black-wearing, cat-lover, broom-riding kind of way. In fact, culture is not just a "social construct" but refinement of spirit--rounded by society but developed individually.

Besides, the best creative ideas for work I've had aren't usually products of serial brainstorming sessions, but serendipitously borne from, for example, an afternoon jog uptown, when the breeze strikes one's face.

"It doesn't mean you're not connected, that community's not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. Take silence and respect it."

Photo by sparktography on Flickr. Under Creative Commons license.