To feel at home, at peace, in spaces of silence, stillness, and solitude, strangely make you better in every other kind of space you might find yourself during your walk through this life. You might not be found seeking out those other kinds of spaces on your own, but if you have been paying attention, you surely know by now that you don't always get to choose. Necessity and love, and even hate, by there very nature, will lead us into all kinds of less peaceful...less silent...less alone spaces.
And then this observation by John O'Donohue
"Beauty is such an attractive and gracious force precisely because it is so close to the fractured side of experience. Beauty is the sister of all that is broken, damaged, stunted, and soiled. She will not be confined in some untouchable realm where she can enjoy a one sided perfection with no exposure to risk, doubt, and pain. Beauty dwells in the palace of broken tenderness."