My mom thinks that I'm intrepid...
I admit that I still feel alone at times. That doesn't stop me from going alone. The rewards are too great. I hope these tips help another JourneyWoman.
(1) I take an English book
to dinner. Usually somebody will spot the cover, stop by and talk with
me about the book. If I'm near the end, I always ask the person next to
me (especially in France and Italy where the books in English are not
that readily available and are expensive) if they would like the book.
This relieves me of continuing to carry it and I end up talking with somebody
for awhile about the books they enjoy or have read.
I meditate in a place of worship...
(1) If I need to rest I
can pick a small church for a short meditation, or return to my room for
a rest with my MP3.
(3) If my business colleagues feel too much like starch I remind myself that that is why I am independent- to be free to be me at all hours of the day and night. Then, I figure out what I need to do to perk up the situation and I do it. A long stemmed red rose placed on a conference table with feminine delicacy and in silence followed by eye contact. Yep.
(4) Finally, if I am really
lonesome, and that does happens, I will go where the people are and the
energy is free. It could be a park, or a mall, or an intimate caffe. I
go looking for people like me in places people like me hang out. What
an energy booster that is! It's feels like home and the sense of isolation
disappears immediately. It is much easier then to strike up a conversation
with someone because there is more shared interests and nothing feels
forced. I've always found that 'forced' increases my sense of alone-ness
dramatically. That short or long, exchange is a win-win situation for
both of us. It usually melts away that sense of loneliness and I'm renewed
and refreshed, ready to move forward.
I meditate at a concert...
Caroline, Colorado, USA
I pack a pouch of tea...
I still remember my first
trip, a solo 2 1/2 months 2-wheeled adventure throughout Europe early
spring into summer. Here are some of my tips for fighting loneliness.
(2) A great ice breaker is loose tea leaves in a pouch. Nothing beats a shared pot of hot tea and shared stories. Earl Grey always was my great travelling companion and a favourite shared tea in any countries.
(3) Smile. Other people will approach you and share as well.
Pick-up travel information ahead of time or while at your destination.
If on a business trip, I would speak to others (i.e. attendees at trade
show who might have booth next door ) and ask if they've heard about whatever
I'm thinking of attending. If they've never heard of it, I might extend
an invitation to them. Next thing you know, you have a party coming along
with you. Bye bye loneliness!
I watch my attitude...
Jeanne, Atlanta, USA
I log on to my hometown paper...
Robyn, Vancouver, Canada
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