Quote from Dr. Laurie Helgoe’s amazing book, Introvert Power!

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People today think being a hermit is a very unhealthy thing to do. Very antisocial, doesn’t contribute anything to everybody else – because everybody else is busy contributing like blazes, and a few people have to run off and get out of the way. But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. That every little insect that comes buzzing around you is a messenger, and that little insect is connected with human beings everywhere else. You can hear. You become incredibly sensitive in your ears and you hear far-off sounds. And just by the very nature of isolating yourself and becoming quiet, you become intensely aware of your relationship with everything else that’s going on.


Take yourself to the movies. Take yourself out for a meal. You’ll be okay alone. There’s no shame in doing things by yourself, despite the stigma that tells you you’ve failed to meet some arbitrary standard. So spend some time alone, you’ll be with the most wonderful person: yourself.