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President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

A Special Gift 

When I think of January, I think of crisp cold mornings and fulfilling New Year’s resolutions. I think of the days getting longer. I also reminisce about the past holiday and the special gifts given and received.

As I reflect, I also remember gifts from my distant past. One of the most special gifts I ever received from a very dear friend is a copy of the book “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In the late 70’s I spent some time with this friend on Maui – just about the time the second version of the book was published.

After losing her son in a world-famous kidnapping case, Anne Morrow Lindbergh moved on with her life raising five children with her husband Charles Lindbergh. She was a well known writer who in the mid 1950’s spent some time on Maui walking the beach exploring the shells and the tranquility of her surroundings. In “Gift from the Sea”, she recorded her thoughts and emotions during that time, attaching different shells to the different aspects of her life.

One of my favorite shells, the moon shell, represents solitude.

Solitude, as she notes, is something that many women do not allow themselves. There is the work day, the chores, the dinners and the needs of the rest of the family. Often there is no time for solitude – a vacation alone, creative solitude, or even a walk by oneself on a quiet trail. Her premise is that if women were convinced that a day off or an hour of solitude were a reasonable ambition, they would find a way of attaining it. Most of us just feel that this time is unjustified. Even women who have economic means or the time or energy for solitude – still do not use it.

If we read that Anne Morrow Lindbergh had these thoughts in the mid- 50’s, one can only imagine how she would feel today. Today we are always attached to our businesses, families, and friends. The cell phone, email, texting, Facebook – make it more difficult to get away and be alone.

We all need alone time, time to revisit our core, and understand who we are and why we are here. Time to explore our essence and re-energize.

When I think of January, I also think about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s resolutions. In January we start anew. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all make the commitment to find some alone time in the upcoming year. Anne Morrow Lindbergh took the moon shell from Maui back to her home in Connecticut to remind her of “solitude” and to remind her to schedule some alone time even if only an hour. We can each choose our own symbol of solitude as a reminder to ourselves to enjoy that alone time we need and so richly deserve.


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