Solitude is "the furnace of transformation". - Henri Nouwen
"As soon as you are really alone you are with God." - Thomas Merton
"It is easier to read about solitude than to practice it". - David Douglas
I wish I was good at solitude, but the fact is....it is just hard. Sometimes the thought of becoming a hermit (an "eremites": an inhabiter of an uninhabited land - slight paradox) seems so appealing because many of the distractions of society are removed.
But Jesus found solitude in the midst of his disciples and ministry (friends and work) and so should I.