noun: isolation

 without relation to other people or things; separately

Ever since my divorce, but especially after covid, I suffer with a bit of the affliction of isolation. People who know me think that because I talk a lot with them that I am an extrovert. I am truthfully an introverted extrovert. I can talk one on one or in small groups all night long. Put me in a room with a lot of people I don’t know…you will find me in the corner.

I love getting recharged and the energy of a great group of people. But I do have a maximum of excitement that then ends with a time of isolation or aloneness.

The Lord has admonished me that isolation is not His design. “And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”. Gen 2:18

I do not consider myself alone anymore. I am by myself and do not have a mate or someone with skin on to greet me at the end of my day. But my Jesus has never left me so I am never alone.

I tease my daughter, who lives with me, that she has to hug me once a week for 10 seconds or else I will die, lol. She reluctantly complies. I do love people. I love people the way my God loves me. I am doing my best to put myself in social situations where I can distribute that love and receive as well. It is a process, and I can honestly say it is better than isolation.

If you have someone like me in your universe, reach out to them and poke the bear. Invite them out and don’t let them back out at the last second. With a little encouragement we will be “peopley”.

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