The Friday Reflex: Solitude

On Fridays, I like to post quick-hitting thoughts about the major topic that's been on my mind this past week. I call it The Friday Reflex. This week's topic: solitude

Today, I spent 4 1/2 hours hiking in the mountains.

Normally, on hikes, we make it a family affair, but today, I went alone.

It had been so long since I had been alone for that long, and I used the time to recharge, reset my mind, and pray.

It was exactly what I needed.

Making time to take a break from the routine is good for the mind, body, and soul, but too often, life's demands consume our attention, and we forget to break away from the norm.

Whether its spending hours on a mountainside taking in the sights and sounds that nature has to offer, or any other activity that takes you away from what you normally do and allows you to just "be," my advice is simply this: do it.

Spend time every now in then in solitude, and use it as a way to clear your mind of all the clutter its been storing up. It's as close to a reset button as you're going to get.