Aug 112013

Open hearts just a cliche? Open hearts:

A #FiveminuteFridayMeditation on “Lonely”

Open hearts.  Is that the key to fighting loneliness? The expression itself, “Open hearts”  seems to put the burden on the lonely. They need only open their hearts and the loneliness will cease.

The lone figure on the beach—missing something, not finding anything:  is he or she guilty of having closed their heart to joy, faith, and friendship?

The quiet girl in the crowd, sitting apart at a party.  The one who’s afraid to join in; the one who’s feeling unwelcome: Is she at fault. Has she closed her heart to meeting new people?

What about the hopeful child, wanting not much more than safe warm arms, food, and shelter?  Surely, if anyone has an open heart, is a child.

What causes the heart to harden in the face of injustice and loss?

Those of us sailing through life don’t understand. It’s not a lack of faith or a lack of desire to connect. It’s just that connecting doesn’t fall easily. Trust has been abused. Life lessons have been dirty and ugly.

So when you see someone suffering from loneliness, remember:

“Open Hearts “ is not a description. It’s an instruction.

Open a heart. Reach out.


Today’s post is part of Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five Minute Friday. Each Friday she broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to write for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

Confession: Today I took a little longer–not much, though.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Story

Five Minute Friday#FiveMinuteFriday

“No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

  4 Responses to “Open Hearts: Fighting Loneliness”

  1. Hi Laura,
    I thought I would drop over from FMF. I replied to your comment on my FMF, so I thought I would check out your digs. Very nice. Love the post. It’s true…we need to reach out to others to help eleviate this seeming epidemic of loneliness that effects so many. I think we are all too quick to make the assumption that those around us must already have people who love them and keep them busy, so we fail to reach out.
    Thanks for your post.
    Gay @ Captive Heart

    • Thanks for reciprocating the visit Gay. You’re right, of course. We don’t mean to be unwelcoming; it’s just more of a matter of not noticing when people are lonely.

  2. Laura- Thank you for the reminder to open my heart toward the lonely. Thank you for opening your heart and reminding me that loneliness is related to broken trust. I used to fear loneliness until I experienced God meeting me deeply in those times and encouraging me to embrace the brokenness and allow the lonely times to be healing times.

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