And I’ve said as much myself, but now I wonder if this maxim is true.
Or whether loneliness is a misnomer of the essential aloneness we inevitably feel as we each find our way in life?
This question came to me after spending the evening with two friends … though calling them ‘friends’ hardly does justice to the depth of relationship, experiences and worldviews we share.
We did not talk about sport or politics or weather!
We are mentors to each other, good enemies, agents in each others growth. We talk about the blessings and the difficulties and the insolubles in each others lives. We listen and encourage. We care and disagree and digress. We are irritated and refreshed.
And then we part ways and may not meet again for weeks or months. We are on our own, yet we carry the relationships within.
I think of these as proximal relationships.
And they are arguably the most vital element in our development as humans and as leaders, of at least ourselves.