― Kathryn L. Nelson, Pemberley Manor
For most people, solitude is a natural space.
Noise, chaos and social media rule the day.
I think they're afraid.
Afraid of what they might discover in being alone...with their thoughts.
They don't want to sit (un)comfortably with who they are or might become without the constant distraction.
Should we plan for solitude?
I think so.
Otherwise what we're inclined to do is go there only in times of extreme stress.
To experience solitude you don't need live in hermitage. A walk along a quiet country lane can be just as inspiring -- sometimes more. Likewise, sitting at home with all devices turned off can do it.
The thing is, we shouldn't be afraid of expressing the need for solitude and better still allowing for it in our lives.
One other thing. Having worked in industry and commerce for 37 years, I've never once heard a leader or manager express the need to "Shut Up". Talk, talk, talk. No. We don't need it. We need people to find a space where they can (once again) connect with true self.
More of more, i.e. more crappy work.
Go grab your T-shirt, the tattoo or book.
Anything to reconnect you with that wide open space.