Are You Starving

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”  – C.S. Lewis, ‘The Weight of Glory

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13 thoughts on “Are You Starving

  1. stephen September 22, 2012 at 8:47 am Reply

    i’ve had pretty much nothing but solitude for the past few years. and while i do love it, i miss companionship.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 22, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply

      Do you have regular contact with anyone at all? Or are you speaking strictly of a ‘romantic’ relationship?

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      • stephen September 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

        i have discovered that all of my “friends” are actually the husbands of my wife’s friends. i really have none of my own. so, companionship would be a great start. a romantic relationship (my wife and i have been essentially room-mates for the last 15 years) would be too much to hope for, and far too difficult to manage.

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  2. mirageflame September 22, 2012 at 9:42 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Mirage Flame and commented:
    True^^

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  3. sagescenery September 22, 2012 at 11:06 am Reply

    I love this quote! I love people, but I also need to be by myself, too!! And I value encouraging friends and family!! With Jesus as our friend, we need to get quiet to hear Him whisper to us!!

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  4. Janet Robinson September 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

    There’s a line about friendship in a song that has always stayed with me. It’s “knee deep in a river and dying of thirst.” We should take care to keep in touch with those friends around us. Solitude should only be enjoyed for brief moments at a time.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly. The value of relationships cannot be overstated. That is a wonderful quote.

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  5. Véronique Cliquet September 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I completely agree with Janet, it is good to have a balance, too much socialising can be exhausting and spending too much time alone is not the answer either.

    I guess we need to choose our friends carefully and make time each day to feed our spiritual nature, if we are lucky enough we can do this with like minded friends!

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  6. ansuyo September 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm Reply

    This quote finds me after an entire summer where I either had grandchildren or my mother-in-law, all of whom seem to be unable not to talk. I need a break from the noise!!!! lol. And I am desperate for meditation (usually done in my bed after everyone is asleep) and friendship. We moved here 6 years ago, and while I keep in touch with old friends, I have yet to find that kind of friendship here (even in church). I lost my best friend to cancer 3 years ago, and she is irreplaceable. I think this quote has given me something to think about. Angie

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 24, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply

      It is a balance between needing that human interaction and having quiet time to meditate, isn’t it? I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I pray you will find someone special to share life with that will help to fill that void.

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  7. jmd5717 September 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Insights and knowledge from C.S. Lewis is like a gift that keeps on giving.

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  8. 010xbh September 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm Reply

    A wonderful quote by an amazing writer. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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