Loneliness Battled One Initiative at a Time
This month we’ve been talking about loneliness here on the blog. From grandparents babysitting to things to do to beat the isolation factor, we’ve come across some great projects and community efforts.
It’s not unusual for people to feel lonely when surrounded by others, although the feeling might be temporary. Feelings of loneliness get compounded when someone is isolated, feels unloved, or unlovable.
The reality is that loneliness can’t simply be eliminated by increasing social activities, or by sharing expressions of love with someone you know is lonely. Some people carry a past that is peppered with lonely periods, and others have been lonely repeatedly. And let’s be honest, there are people who are tough to be around, even when we feel like we could offer them some company.
This week, we found an interesting project by Marissa Korda, a Canadian writer who launched The Loneliness Project. You can read poignant, heart warming, and gut wrenching stories there, and if you feel alone and isolated right now, it might offer you some solace to see that there are others who share your circumstances. (Added bonus: and the design and function of her site are stunning, so check it out!).
Are we responsible for helping others to feel included, cherished, and loved? That’s a tough question. The easy answer is that we are not and cannot be held responsible for someone else’s happiness. We are each responsible for ourselves. However, there are people and programs designed to help, and they are worth checking out if you’d like to get included, involved, and maybe have some fun (I love the stories about the chickens, and the students who serve lunch!).
We don’t have all the answers, but we do hope that this month’s series on building community and combating loneliness have provided some food for thought. We also hope that celebrating great ideas like this will help make our communities good places to be.
While writing this month’s blogs we came across some great quotes on loneliness. We’re leaving some here for you, and will share them on our Facebook page. If you feel like they are something you’d like to share, please do so.