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Personal space is quickly evaporating as the world becomes more and more connected. While there are many benefits to our instant and constant contact with others, we still need our personal space to thrive.

It’s true we were created for relationships and that we discover the best version of ourselves in relationship with others.

But we still need time alone – to be with our own thoughts, feelings, and inner world.

And this is not just for introverts, though they might be more aware of the need and require more of it.

Everyone benefits from regularly carving out personal space and spending time alone.

This provides our souls with needed breathing room and allows us to listen within.

When we are constantly bombarded with the needs and concerns of others, even with many noble causes, this can drown out our own inner world and leave us depleted.

And in time our vices get the best of us. Our souls are crying out for life and will seek it in the darkness if we don’t care for it in the light.

Personal space is not to check out and be dismissive of others. Rather it’s an opportunity to refuel as we realign ourselves with the life of God.

And this actually blesses others as well.

As we protect the boundaries of our personal space, we restore much of our inner peace, joy, and vitality. And now from the overflow of our hearts we can pour into others.

We are free to care for them without getting lost in their world. And we place less demands on them to constantly come through for us and fill us up.

Fight for your personal space.

Your soul needs it. And ultimately your relationships will be blessed by it as well.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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