Perfect Introvert Saturday

image“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” — C.S. Lewis

I’m feeding my introvert soul this morning by sitting out in front of my house, enjoying the fresh air and watching the world go by.  Our front door and living room windows are inset about five feet from the front of the house, with the roof coming overhead, and a big rhodendron masking half of the area.  It’s a wonderful little private space to think, write and meditate.


I am sitting here, having my tea and looking at some of the wonderful plants we put in.  They are all just babies now, but next year we’ll see them bushed out and flowering.  I can hardly wait.  That’s the problem with perennials, they require patience and love.  The second year is always better than the first.

“We live in a world starved for solitude, silence and private.”

How true that is.  We live in a quiet neighborhood, and for that I am quite grateful.  So far this morning I’ve exchanged greetings with a woman walking her dog.  We both commented on what a nice day this is shaping up to be.  I watched an elderly gentleman walk by, but he didn’t see me in my little private place.  I had to laugh when I saw the bluetooth headset in his ear.  He might be white haired and bent over, but he’s staying in touch the modern way.

My neighbor and her walking companions came home after their five mile walk down to the community lake, past all the ducks and geese, being mindful of the fisherman casting out his line.  They didn’t see me in my hiding place, either, but I enjoyed hearing them having a lively conversation.

There is a little breeze blowing now, bringing with it a tiny mist from the sprinklers I have going to water my new plants before they face the heat of the summer day.  The world feels quite calm and loving to me.  I’m enjoying my solitude.  My mind is calm.  My heart is beating softly and slowly.  I feel relaxed.  My body is breathing a big sigh of relief.  Life is good.

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” — C.S. Lewis

Thanks for sitting with me for a few minutes.  I’ve enjoyed your company.

I just realized that this post also fits the WordPress Daily Prompt, so I have added the pingback.  Cool!  I love a little serendipity in my life.

22 thoughts on “Perfect Introvert Saturday

  1. Your front porch sanctuary sounds like mine. We have a fairly busy street with cars passing frequently. However, they cannot see me behind the flowering bush in front of the wicker settee where I am perched. l like to see the neighbors pass by walking their dogs. Outside of the light traffic, it is quiet, and I can read in peace. Aren’t we lucky to have such hide-aways?

  2. Lovely description of what sounds like a blissful morning. Glad you made time to nurture your soul, and that you have such a lovely space to do so 🙂

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  4. What a lovely, lilting piece. I felt calm and peaceful just reading about your hideaway. We have a similar set up outside our house and I feel like I’ve got my very own mini oasis in the midst of the city. And I love that quote, thanks for the reminder!

  5. This post reminds me that I need to be more proactive about setting up this kind of space for myself. I crave what you describe, and now I’m motivated to work harder to make a space for me. 🙂

  6. My living condition has been tough for two days. I have longed for silence and privacy but the four of us live in a one-bedroom apartment, with my bed in the living room. I am constantly seeing movement from the corners of my eyes and being disturbed by noises and unwanted conversation. Everybody will barge into my thoughts, my space.
    I am scared; does constant exposure to this make a person so used to it that they do not know how to be an introvert anymore? When we move in to our new house and I have my own bedroom, will I find it hard to spend time alone? The noises and movement doesn’t annoy me now as much as it used to, but I wish it still did, because I don’t want the introvert to leak out of me. Help.

  7. I love the kind of moments you described. I love being home alone all day while my hubby is at work. I have to stay indoors now so it’s nice & quiet without him around.

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