It’s terribly destructive. You probably know that from experience. The feeling that everyone is a part of something exciting, everyone but you. It stings your self worth. It’s the constant reminder that life used to be better. You once belonged. Now you don’t.
We’ve all experienced the pain of loneliness. When time stands still after a breakup. Or a move into a new city. Or empty nests. Or graduating college.
Months ago I read this Kurt Vonnegut quote. It's bothered me ever since.
"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."Pursue the lonely. Invite him to your small group. Buy her coffee. Help them belong. Change their life.
It’s that simple. It’s that powerful.
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