Why Being In Seclusion Will Change Your Life For The Better
“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness” -Seneca
We’ve at one time or another heard names of past and present that have been placed in an unfavorable situation of solitude. Not due to their choice but forced into it.
We’re talking about being in seclusion, solitary, and being held against our will. Coming to terms with the means of survival by the very minute.
How can something we are not so sure of place us in a position of strength? Because history provides plenty of examples of those who changed their mental framework when events shifted them into a different path.
Viktor Frankl was the survivor of three concentration camps during the Nazi Germany era. Everything before him was taken away in the blink of an eye. His family was separated and eventually exterminated. He witnessed his prison mates being beaten countless times in front of him and giving in to death. He was forced to work in subzero temperatures in his work camp and fed small rations of food that nearly drove him to starvation.
Yet through all possibilities of being acquainted with death he survived. One of his most remarkable passages, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
What will be your attitude when faced against adversity when you have no one to turn to? Because I guarantee you that mental response will be your outcome.
If you’ve heard the name Malcolm X. Few words may come to mind: civil rights activist, Muslim minister, and orator. What we overlook is his life in the limelight before he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a burglary charge. Malcolm was running rampant as a criminal and committing crimes on a regular basis. How can a prison of criminals liberate a man of all conscious misdeeds and shape him into what he is to become in the future?
He found his answer through an unlikely source. According to Malcolm X, he stated, “I could for the first time pick up a book and read and now begin to understand what the book was saying. Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened. Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life.”
Deep in these times of solitude we can learn to craft the important tools of our mind and find greater strengths that lie within. Not looking for external distractions, but channeling calculated inner wisdom. Strengths we never knew existed. If a criminal can rehabilitate himself through words instilled on pages to better himself . Why do we often struggle to find words of encouragement to live a more harmonious life?
Furthermore, a man named Fredrick Douglass who was born into slavery immediately understood the wrongs of which were being committed through daily life. He taught himself to read, something no slave ever had the audacity to do. His masters purposely wanted to keep him illiterate, to stop him at once in gaining any sort of knowledge. He vowed to himself that one day he would be a free man. After serving on numerous plantations through his early adulthood, he finally made his escape at a harbor disguised as a sailor. His accounts of slavery draw similar views of reality today. He later became one of the many leading voices in the abolition of slavery.
“It is the sober, thinking slave who is dangerous, and needs the vigilance of his master, to keep him a slave”.
Man needs not to be a slave to his own thoughts and actions, but instead take a liberating view on how to think for himself. Any event of being in seclusion can shape the betterment of our lives, only if we choose to. It is only our choice and our decision to take the actionable steps regarding to look at being in seclusion as a force of rehabilitation or destruction. Which way will you go?
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