Solitude is the ultimate preventative medicine. Yet, most people feel uncomfortable being alone, especially in solitude with no distractions. Modern technology and a 24 hour go cycle has wired us to always need mental stimulation and companionable support.
In 2009 I went on my first (and only) Caribbean cruise. I tend to overplan things and when I try something new, I want to know as much about what to expect as possible.
A while back, I started writing a book about Hope. A few months later, after a series of events, I found myself in what can only be described as a dark night of the soul.
Whoever made up the nursery rhyme "Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you", was a liar. Maybe not a liar per se, words can only hurt you if you let them, but when someone lies about you it can feel hurtful for even the strongest people and sometimes it can actually be damaging to your reputation or career.