Quotes about Loneliness
Quotes about Loneliness
Unless you’ve been walking around with your head in the sand (or changing nappies, catching up with sleep, washing, ironing…), I think it’s a safe bet you’ve seen or at least heard about the John Lewis Advert?
With the reaction it’s caused, I would put it down to advertising at its best. I couldn’t tell how much of the eight million pounds cost John Lewis have recouped, but this advert isn’t just about sales. For once, the bottom line isn’t about profit, it’s about spreading a message, and that’s a message about loneliness.
The reason I have chosen ‘Loneliness’ for this week’s Quote Slider topic is because this advert has had its desired effect on me. Since seeing this (and taking a few other things into account), I can’t help thinking about my own situation when it comes to family being on their own.
It would appear that Joe Public has done what it always does and generalised everybody’s situation as being the same. They see somebody on their own and think, ‘Where is their family? Why have they been left on their own? Why don’t their kids visit them?’
I would suggest that the people who think these things are not in the situation others are in, otherwise they would understand that not everybody’s circumstances are the same. Whilst there are people that do not deserve to be on their own, there are others that, due to personal, lifetime choices, they have ended up on their own.
A few years ago, I had a bit of a ‘moment’. I had to have a little time off work and was prescribed anti D by the doctor. It also involved not seeing some members of my family, which in return, resulted in others not wanting to see me either. Basically, the whole situation
was is a mess. Although things have now improved, there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think about the family members I no longer have contact with.
Slide 1 – One of the hardest parts of life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder. This sums up how I feel, every single day. Whilst my anxiety has improved hugely, I often think whether or not walking away was the right thing to do, even after spending a lifetime of trying to sort things out. Where do you draw the line?
Slide 2 – I know everything happens for a reason, but sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was. Why? Why? Why? Such a popular question, yet we never find the answers we so desperatly seek.
Slider 3 – At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life. When I first read this, it lifted some of the guilt. However, I think it’s fair to say, it works both ways.
Slider 4 – I am me and I don’t want to change myself for anyone… I think this is one of the biggest reasons why people/family fall out with each other. There is no compromise anymore, and there is only so much one can take.
Slider 5 – People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. Putting up a wall when somebody wants to help, is different to putting up a wall because you think you’re always right. Please, take the wall down and start building bridges.
Slider 6 – Sometimes the person who tries to keep everybody happy is the most lonely person. Being stuck in the middle will eventually lead to choices being made. Sometimes those chooses are regrettable but necessary.
Slider 7 – It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. Not everything is intentional. Sometimes, it’s just how things work out. Don’t treat your kids like they’re never going to grow up.
This weeks post is a little personal, but it’s that time of year where we are reminded about the true meaning of Christmas. I think it’s sad that families get in such a state, and most of the time, none of it is intentional.
The only thing I can do is take the lessons I have learnt to ensure it never continues and hope that one day, things can improve between me and my family.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to show you the John Lewis Advert. But I have to say, when it comes to promoting loneliness at Christmas, I’ve not seen anything harder hitting than this advert. It appeared on my Facebook page and don’t tell anyone, but it brought a tear to my eye. How about you?
It reminded me of the time I promised to see my Grandad, dispite finding it hard to find time in my busy work schedule. I never did get the time off work to go and see him.
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