in life together, dietrich bonhoeffer argues that there is a critical connection between solitude and community:
"let him who cannot be alone beware of community."
there is a lovely meditation over at holy experience that explores this idea too, and further questions the way we seek validation from others that we can only truly receive in being known by God.
let me remember to be still and find contentment in you, El Roi, the God Who Sees (Genesis 16:13). the God who knows (and still loves!) even me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me (Ps 131:2).