The poet Rupert Brooke set out to travel by boat from England to America. Everyone on deck had someone there to see him or her off – everyone, except he. Brooke felt lonely, terribly lonely. Watching the hugging and kissing and good-byes, he wished he had someone to miss him.
The poet saw a youngster and asked him name.
“William,” he boy answered.
“William,” he asked, “would you like to earn a few shillings?”
“Sure I would! What do I have to do?”
“Just wave to me as I leave,” the lonely man instructed.
The poet writes, “Some people smiled and some cried, some waved white handkerchiefs and some waved straw hats. And I? I had William, who waved at me with both his hands shouting ‘bon voyage’ for six shillings and kept me from feeling completely alone.”
The would is full of lonely people. Loneliness can be overwhelming and painful. Mother Teresa used to describe loneliness as “the biggest disease” of our times. It is true that loneliness can be very dangerous. At the same time it can a source of much good if channeled creatively.
Quote: “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” – J.F. Newton