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Isolation vs. Solitude  Ep 150



the process or fact of isolating or being isolated.

"the isolation of older people"

  • an instance of isolating something, especially a compound or microorganism.

plural noun: isolations

  • denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.



Done to you – not a choice – Often activated for the protection of others

  1. an act or instance of isolating.
  1. the state of being isolated.
  1. the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease;quarantine.

  1. to set or place apart; detach or separate so as to be alone.
  1. Medicine/Medical . to keep (an infected person) from contact with noninfected persons; quarantine.
  1. Chemistry Bacteriology . to obtain (a substance or microorganism) in an uncombined or pure state.

  1. a person, thing, or group that is set apart or isolated, as for purposes of study.
  1. Psychology . a person, often shy or lacking in social skills, who avoids the company of others and has nofriends within a group.
  1. Biology . an inbreeding population that is isolated from similar populations by physiological, behavioral,or geographic barriers.
  1. Also called language isolate. Linguistics . a language with no demonstrable genetic relationship, asBasque.
  1. something that has been isolated, as a by-product in a manufacturing process:



  1. the state of being or living alone; seclusion:to enjoy one's solitude.
  1. remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity:

the state or situation of being alone.

"she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude"

A choice – positive connotation – something to savor…..look forward to – a way to invest in one’s self – find peace, calm become centered.  Connect with nature.  


Ultimately it really is about your state of mind.  Solitude is about savoring, embracing, enjoying, your alone time. 


When you find your quiet time will you call it isolation and feel alone or will you embrace the solitude and use it as a time to reflect, rejuvenate, rejoice? 


I look forward to mine

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