June 13-20 is designated National Hermit Week (not to be confused with National Hermit Crab Week, which is in February). If ever there was a holiday week designed by introverts, for introverts, this is it! As the founder, Dr. Eleece Jel, says, “In some ways I launched the hermit holiday as a way to find alone time for over-exposed introverts like me.”
Celebrated annually since 1996, this is a time to promote opportunities best pursued quietly and alone such as resting, reading, writing, thinking, meditating, appreciating, etc. This event idea has been used nationwide by teachers and librarians to promote reading, writing and critical thinking skills as well as by counselors as a fun way to encourage time for introspection and rest. It’s a time to step back from the rat race and spend some time meditating, or just thinking about your life, your future, and where you are going. Some people really get involved, going off the grid, into the wilderness alone to spend a week by themselves. But for many it will be enough to take an evening alone to sit and ponder the universe and their place in it. But whether you can take a week, or an evening, or even less time – even if you are an extrovert’s extrovert – it is good to pause, look where you have come from and move forward with deliberation, rather than just being thoughtlessly moved by the circumstances around you.
So a restful, thoughtful week to you! By the way, the graphic is from the episode Utopia from Doctor Who.
Here are some quotes about hermits, and about living alone.
To live as a hermit is to be untrammeled by things of the world; it is like drawing a length of bamboo out from a dense thicket.–Kyobutsu
My gardening in the course of the years has become nothing but a hermit’s pastime without any practical meaning — that is to say, it has a meaning for me alone.–Hermann Hesse (Notes at Easter)
A hermit is simply a person to whom civilization has failed to adjust itself.–Will Cuppy
I like to go into a little shell and be a hermit and make music for a while.–Delta Goodrem
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.–James Russell Lowell
He travels the fastest who travels alone.–Rudyard Kipling
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…–Henry David Thoreau
Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.–John Webster
Solitude is impracticable, and society fatal. We must keep our head in the one and our hands in the other.–Ralph Waldo Emerson (Solitude and Society)
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.–Arthur Schopenhauer (Counsels and Maxims)
There are two distinct components to human nature: the social and the solitary. While most people are strictly social … there are also quite a few loners, people who motivate themselves, derive their rewards directly from nature and whose only constraints are self-imposed. The solitary part of human nature is definitely the more highly evolved, and humanity has surged forward through the efforts of brilliant loners and eccentrics.—-Dmitry Orlov (The Five Stages of Collapse)
Now and again it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life.–Morihei Ueshiba
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