“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people-it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people-it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone.” Parker Palmer
Thank God for the truth in what Palmer proposes. We need that wholeness particularly under the rigors of COVID-19. The connectedness brought us the pandemic but it also brings us great joy. Just as the World Wide Web (www.) can enhance our lives or damage them.
Blogs, podcasts, Instagram Live and Zooming sure can be helpful, particularly when we Zoom in order to see each other’s smiles. Recognizing that need and the gift of community are blessings that deeply enrich our lives.