Wayne Cordeiro wrote, “Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.” (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion) Great quote, but would like to add that choosing to separate for a time does not always lead to solitude. I have to be in the mood for solitude. I need a plan, a seed-thought, or a problem to solve, otherwise I just end up bored and alone. But solitude, oh sweet solitude, when it comes it refreshes, refines, and restores.

Photo: At the base of Hahn’s Peak near Steamboat Lake State Park, Colorado