Jason Vaz, SJ, provides some helpful images to distinguish consolation and desolation in a recent post at the igNation blog. He concludes with questions for consideration, particularly for those experiencing loneliness:
Where am I in relation to the fire? Am I getting too close to it? Am I moving too far away from it? Which thoughts must I stop myself from thinking? Which thoughts give me life and energy? When was the last time I initiated a conversation with someone?