The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.
On this Veterans Day I grieve for the many families who have lost loved ones due to war. Sometimes the bitter loneliness created by a families loss remains for the rest of their lives.
As time goes by we all lose friends and loved ones either through breakup, distance or death. In fact I think that the greatest illness rampant in our world today is loneliness. Too many have lost the ability to communicate with others. Some feel so much pain that they feel that reestablishing close friendships with others is too great a risk.
I am especially concerned with how many of the elderly allow their social contacts wither away without making new contacts or new friends. Someone said recently that there are so many lonely folks around that we should feel bad that we withhold our friendship even while we ourselves are lonely. If we wait for others to come to us our isolation will only worsen so it is up to us to step out and embrace those just waiting to be our friend.
Here is an edited piece that I picked up that was written for those who recovering from a breakup. I think it might help anyone who wants to find a cure for their loneliness. Just don’t sit alone and mope, we all need friends like you.
How to battle loneliness
- Don’t indulge in self-pity – that’s most important. Make a conscious effort to appear confident and keep smiling. Get down to watching your favorite programs on TV. Spend some time re-connecting with yourself and regaining parts of yourself that you may have lost or been neglecting lately.
- Visit friends and family – they can be a great comfort after a breakup. Catch up with them and allow them to take care of you and keep you company when you’re feeling down.
- Take a break and get out of town for a few days- A new environment will allow you to meet new people whom you might make friends with.
- Pick up a new hobby- Now could be a good time to do something you’ve always thought of doing. Take dance lessons. Start a blog…
The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
Waiter: “Tea or coffee, gentlemen?”
1st customer: “I’ll have tea.”
2nd customer: “Me, too. And be sure the glass is clean!”
(Waiter exits, returns)
Waiter: Two teas. “Which one asked for the clean glass?”
If you think things improve with age you have never attended a class reunion.
A man, exiting a grocery store, was very surprised when a rather good-looking and perky young lady greeted him cheerfully by saying, “Good evening!” Her face was beaming. At least she was smiling until he gave her that “Who are you?” look. He couldn’t remember having ever seen her before.
Then, she obviously realized that a mistake had been made and apologized. She explained, “Oh, I’m so sorry. When I first saw you I thought you were the father of one of my children.” She walked on her way into the store.
The man was left staring dumbfounded after her. More than a bit puzzled, he thought to himself, “What is the world coming to, an attractive woman who doesn’t even keep track of what the father of her children look like. “However, he was also a bit flattered that he might resemble one of her former suitors. But, also hoped that nobody overheard her saying that she mistook him for being the father of one of her children. A bit panicked, he then thought, “Could I possibly have forgotten a relationship?” “Could it be that I really fathered a child?”
Still stunned, he walked to his car.
He did not know, of course, that she was a fifth-grade teacher at a local elementary school.
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
A mother took her daughter to the doctor and asked him to give her an examination to determine the cause of the daughter’s swollen abdomen. It only took the doctor about 2 seconds to say, “Gimme a break, lady! Your daughter is pregnant!”
The mother turned red with fury, and she argued with the doctor that *her* daughter was a good girl, and would *never* compromise her reputation by having sex with a boy.
The doctor turns around and faces the window and silently watches the horizon.
The mother becomes enraged and screams, “Doctor, would you please quit looking out the window! Aren’t you paying *any* attention to me at all?”
“Yes, of course I’m paying attention, ma’am. It’s just that… the last time this happened, a star appeared in the east, and three wise men came. I was hoping they’d show up again, and help me figure out who got your daughter pregnant!”
I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.
A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage, he finally goes over to her and asks tentatively. “Umm, would you mind if I chatted with you for awhile?”
She yells at the top of her lungs, “No, I won’t sleep with you tonight!”
Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table. After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I’m a graduate student in psychology and I’m studying how people respond to embarrassing situations.”
At the top of his lungs, he responds, “What do you mean $200?”
Which of my enemies told you I was paranoid?
When my printer’s type began to grow faint, I called a local repair shop where a friendly man informed me that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told me, I might be better off reading the printer’s manual and trying the job myself.
Pleasantly surprised by his candor, I asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”
“Actually it’s my boss’s idea,” the employee replied sheepishly. “We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”
If you want the last word in an argument, say, “You’re right.”
A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license. She replied in a huff, “I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!”
When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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