"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Corner of the Loner


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Dear friends,

As you know I have been here online for almost a year. I am writing about feelings, love, pain, life, beauty, but maybe what I wrote the most about was solitude.

Being a loner all my life I have great respect for all of you that are loners as well.

Starting from today I will dedicate a section of my blog to all the solitary souls who would like to find a place where to listen some good music, see some beautiful things, read some calm thoughts about this existance. You are all my guests and you are all invited, no matter of religion, country, thoughts or state of mind. Feel free to comment, ask, share thoughts, music, quotes. Feel like home.

If I would have been rich I would have opened a bar,  a Club of the Loner. But since the only instrument I have is this blog, I invite you here, in this quiet corner. And know that none of you is really alone, there are many lonely people just like you.

I wish you all a great peaceful day. And the last thing to say for today is:

Don’t feel strange or like an alien because you are different. You might not be as sociable as others, or maybe you did not find any true friends yet. But remember that you are unique and beautiful.

Much love to you all.

Ela

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Don’t be scared of life, of the cold anonymous world.
Cut the wires that feed your fears.

Live today as if it would be the last day left on the face of Earth
Even if everything may crumble around you.

Don’t listen to your clutched fists
Don’t hear the bad words flying around you.

Don’t hide from your dark side.
You have yourself and your gentle thought rising above your eyebrows.

Join your heart for a ride deep inside yourself,
Turn your arms towards who you really are and embrace your soul.

When you will be your own friend
You will never feel empty again in your silent corner of the loner.

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111 words, Memyselfandela, November 2013

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I breathe with you
lonely beautiful
you, who don’t even know
how beautiful you are
far beyond the eye
deep under the surface
there where I kiss your soul
you are the beauty
and the universe expands
bursting underneath your temple.
You, who look for answers,
you are the answer.

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50 words, memyselfandela, September 2013

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Take Five…. minutes and relax. Drink a coffe and stop for a chat and contemplate life.

Remember that life is beautiful and so are you.

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After a lot of work these days I am back with new energy. It’s incredible how much energy we pour sometimes in our work, and also amazing how life feels after we take a break and just contemplate it.
I simply breath and enjoy this moment with all of you. I thank all of you who venture in this lonely corner of mine. It’s in lonely corners of this world that sometimes the sun can have the most unexpected colors and the thoughts the most deep shade of blue.

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Mass of stone
I become
as my night falls
dreams of memory, dreams of life
travel through my frozen mind
a solitude greater than life
invades me
as I lay down and
die for another night.

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memyselfandela, 2013

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“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller

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“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” Audrey Hepburn

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a young poet

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” Aldous Huxley

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” Albert Camus

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.” Eve Ensler

“I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.” Charles Bukowski, Factotum

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“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

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32 responses

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  3. And through solitude one is able to stay silent, and understands that silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

    Subhan Zein

    January 13, 2013 at 12:15

    • Yes, exactly. Solitude can become a great teacher.
      Thank you Subhan.🙂

      January 13, 2013 at 12:31

      • pleasure, Ela. Many blessings and much love to you..🙂

        Subhan Zein

        January 14, 2013 at 13:46

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  6. melanietoulouse

    Excellent choices, Ela…
    Audrey Hepburn has been my “idol” for many years…

    January 19, 2013 at 07:13

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  8. ajaytao2010

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

    January 30, 2013 at 15:44

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  10. Beautiful, rich post Ela, but also tender and sincere. I thought this song would also go nicely as a comment – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiDG5t8nDPM&list=AL94UKMTqg-9B_4gbUMnen_afLw487zxvX

    February 2, 2013 at 20:40

    • Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.🙂
      Feel free to post and comment whatever you like, it’s everybodies corner.

      February 2, 2013 at 20:47

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  12. This is my favorite page. I’ll bookmark it. I can always come here and listen to music and read quotes and your poems.

    March 12, 2013 at 00:10

    • You are most invited and welcome Arjun. It’s for you and for all others that need a moment to think and listen to something.
      As I said, I wish I could have opened a bar. I would if I would win in lotto, really I would, just to have you all here and exchange ideas, read your poems and prose and talk about life and feelings. For me this would be one of the most fantastic experiences. I admire and feel honored by the presence of each one of you, you are all stars on my sky at night.🙂

      March 12, 2013 at 00:14

      • Wow, beautifully said🙂

        March 12, 2013 at 00:16

      • Well you see, I am born a loner and I am not a social extrovert. But when I opened my blog I realized that even if you give your hand in a virtual way to people when they come to you, even if you give them a simple smile, they will still feel that love you were talking about, the one that nobody bothers to give anymore. I am here for whoever needs me, me, my soul. It’s not important what I do in my physical life, love can be also transmitted through word and thought, and it means a lot. I know it because I have received it myself for free in life when I most needed it. It’s only fair that I also return something to this world.🙂

        March 12, 2013 at 00:21

      • God bless you! Is there your picture here somewhere to see?

        March 12, 2013 at 00:23

      • There shouldn’t be a picture. I am only a soul.
        God bless you too!🙂

        March 12, 2013 at 00:31

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  14. Always nice to dip back here..! http://yourligo.weebly.com/haibun.html if you’d like to …!

    April 13, 2013 at 16:27

    • Thank you so much for the link, Managua, I have already linked my post for it. I wish you a great day my friend.
      Ela.

      April 15, 2013 at 17:17

  15. I’ve not been on this page before. I like it🙂

    Have you ever considered being with someone? And no, I’m not offering😆 Just asking

    April 17, 2013 at 16:46

    • How about you, have you ever considered? And no, I’m not answering😆 just kidding

      Now seriously, there’s one more page on my blog that you’ve missed:

      https://memyselfandela.wordpress.com/about-memyselfandela/

      because there I wrote pretty clear that:
      “I am not here to find a partner, a romance, a twin-flame.”🙂

      April 17, 2013 at 23:36

      • I thought I had liked that page. I asked because I wasn’t sure if you’d changed your mind.

        Everybody needs someone in their life. Maybe later in life you will decide that it is time to find someone. When you do, I hope you find someone worthy of you.🙂

        April 18, 2013 at 05:34

      • Thank you my brother. Who knows what life may bring.
        I wish you just the same, from the heart. Ela.🙂

        April 20, 2013 at 12:24

      • Thank you Ela🙂

        April 20, 2013 at 12:28

  16. Jim

    Thanks for your translation of Neruda’s 7th Love poem. I love the way your waters stir,flow, tinkle, and flow and the way your clouds drift. Grace and Peace. Jim

    September 2, 2013 at 01:18

    • Thank you so much for the kind words Jim.🙂

      September 5, 2013 at 18:40

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