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Understanding Loneliness

At a time of great emotional turbulence in her life, Emeralda dissected her emotions and came to realize that loneliness is not based on lack of interactions with others but rather on lack of meaningful connections.

Feeling isolated by the betrayal of her emotions, which was simply self separating the truth from deceit, she felt exposed and vulnerable for a period.

During that time a particular set of persons helped her not just to understand her loneliness, but to be at ease with herself. Two elders of the church, a special friend and her close family members aided her personal growth immeasurably. No doubt, based on their life experiences, they helped her to overcome her loneliness and vulnerability. Through encouragement in getting her involved in simple activities, such as attending church or taking greater interest in herself, they helped her to appreciate her sense of worth.

Their non- judgmental attitudes and their ability to connect with her emotional state while allowing her the freedom to find her way through the turbulence, did much to promote her strength of character. Emeralda has developed profound love and respect for these persons, who have served to make her more comfortable with herself.

Finding persons who care for your well being is a great booster to overall health. One of the places to develop meaningful connections with others is the Church. Family and friends can also help you to deal with your loneliness. Through listening, conversation and incidental learning, Emeralda was able to cope with her emotions. She has learnt that in order to interpret the feeling of loneliness, you must first understand yourself before you can embrace others. This understanding of herself was Emeralda's first step in overcoming loneliness.


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