Some of my more devout readers have been saying, “Hey, Horse: How come you don’t write much personal, emo-navel-gazing stuff lately, like you did before your BreakAway and while you were in the islands?” Good question. Maybe the answer is: None of your business!
But that’s not nice, nor is life so simple. So let’s dig deeper for 11 tidbits–and TakeAways–about my spiritual (?) post-Sabbatical life of late–an appropriate activity for my favorite day of the year, the Summer So(u)lstice.
- Since coming back from the islands, life has resumed its kid-centric crazy-busy ways; this is my brilliant, yet often banal life, and I know many folks need not hear about it.
- My feelings about that life and sked? On good days (and seasons), it’s the bomb. On bad days (and seasons), it’s the other bomb—that threatens to explode me, inside out.
- About BreakAways, before: The most challenging yet motivating time is the prep and planning; one lives, reacts, and writes from the gut.
- About BreakAways, during: That’s the fun part—full of inspiration and life-changing moments (that may or may not matter in a matter of months).
- About BreakAways, after: Sorry, it can suck. Finding the new balance, leaving the thrills and hopes, getting a new (old) groove back; but YES, it’s so worth it.
- About BreakAways, much after: So now I’ve been back 4.5 months; life is good and summer is bliss, and somehow the Island BreakAway lives on inside like a happy secret.
- BreakAway TakeAway #1: Time with kids while they’re still kids is the best gift around me right now, and I intend to bask and glow and grow in it.
- BreakAway TakeAway #2: Sitting alone staring at water still soothes the soul.
- BreakAway TakeAway #3: When I’m feeling dejected, I remember Islanders I got to know who, it seems, never let much get them down, and feel better.
- BreakAway TakeAway #4: Everything is temporary; that’s not always welcome news, but does much to force faith in the flow of life—or else what?
- BreakAway TakeAway #5: The past plays a big role in who we are—so packing your years with exciting escapades can be a great way to lead a rich inner life.