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I love her words, and especially, her book, Gift from the Sea. I'm a mother, a wife, and owner of my second business. I hike approx. 800 miles a year in the foothills and mountains in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Many of these are traveled alone, deliberately, and the solitude has made all the difference in my life and in my world. I'm pretty sure I'm more lovable, too. Solitude is the only way we can truly listen to ourselves... our own thoughts – the good, the bad and the ugly. It is where self awareness is born. As a life and leadership coach, I find myself daring my clients to find time for solitude, and by this I don't mean a commute to work that is done alone. Many people are sold on the concept and value of solitude, but fear it all the same. Anyhow, great stuff. Thanks for sharing!