To Walk Alone Is The Greatest Rest

To walk alone in London is the greatest rest. — Virginia Woolf.

My readers may wonder why I’m fixated about walking.  Two reasons, in a week I will head to a beach to be revitalized by long beach walks and the company of friends. The second is that after fifty years of agony, I am having my knee replaced when I get back.

But knee replacement or beach walks aren’t what drew me to Woolf’s words today. It is the concept that  “walking alone is the greatest rest.” In this very social world where everyone feels the need to be connected twenty-four hours a day, we forget how important it is to be alone.

Meditation teaches us that being alone and quiet, brings us peace. We hear ourselves think best in silence and when we are alone. Although I love my beach walks with Suzy and friends like Davis and Tom, on occasion an early walk alone lets me talk to myself, forgive myself, and rest in God’s presence and creation.

Can you use a great rest today?

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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