Because I sometimes have anti-social tendencies, I always feel certain guilt about staying inside all day. As a rule, I don't do it. I make myself go out for coffee or socialize even on days when my heart's not really in it. But, once in a while, it's good to give yourself permission to retreat.

Today, I stayed in my PJs and watched Planet Earth DVDs on my new telly. I sipped my way through a bodum of coffee and researched blog posts for the week. I typed up everything I've written lately and ruthlessly edited it. And I closed my eyes and daydreamed a little. Much as I always feel better for being out in the world, it felt good - just for a day - to shun it.

Do you feel guilty when you withdraw from the world?

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