We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
I’ve been writing this blog for eleven years and five months. I started in March of 2010 with two posts a week. Expressing myself freely and meeting so many wonderful people from around the world was so exciting and fun that I thought I could probably continue at that pace for the rest of my life. That worked for about six years.
Then one summer we had so much company at the cabin that, with great trepidation, I cut back to one post a week. That worked until The Soul’s Twins came along demanding to be birthed. I hadn’t expected that. It took so much time and effort that I cut back to one or two posts a month; again, reluctantly. But once my book was born and launched, it was easy to fall back into my pattern of one post a week. And I relished every moment of my renewed connection with you.
Now things are changing again. The inspiration for new posts that has always been just a few thoughts away is harder to find. I’m not sure why. Has the well run dry? Have I said everything I came here to say? Is there something else that wants my attention? I don’t have the answers to those questions. But I do know that this quote by the Persian poet Hafez resonates deeply:
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive. Hafez
I’ve done that for the last three months at our summer home in the Smoky Mountains. But now we’re back in the city after two days of packing and a ten-hour drive. It always makes me sad to leave there. It feels like losing a dear friend. The weather was cool, the air was fresh, the rain was gentle, frequent, and usually short-lived, and the greenery was more lush and abundant than I remember ever seeing. Except for the crows and songbirds, and one poor dog just down the valley who seems to think his job is to bark the sun up every morning and down every evening, it was very quiet. We do hear an occasional truck laboring up and around the curves in the nearby road now that it’s been paved, but I only heard one airplane pass overhead all summer.
Our time there was very satisfying. I gave several virtual presentations to Jung societies on Zoom for The Soul’s Twins, read some wonderful books, (maybe I’ll write about them soon), and took long walks with Izzy twice a day. Most evenings Fred and I sat rocking on the porch watching the birds at the bird feeders as the light faded away and the lightning bugs and stars came out. It was usually so cool I needed a wrap. No heat. No stinging bugs. Nowhere to rush to. Heaven! Then we’d make ourselves a simple supper and retire to bed.
In past summers we’ve had company up for long weekends with lots of activities, but this year the only guests were our family and one group of longtime friends who live nearby and came over for a potluck dinner — all fully vaccinated. In late August we got together with Fred’s brothers and sister and their partners for a family reunion and a few meals together. The highlight was seeing Fred’s youngest brother, Tony, and his partner, Scott, for the first time in five years! This was an especially joyful time for us. As of a few weeks ago, they’ve both been sober for five years and are doing very, very well.
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. Mandy Hale
I almost didn’t write a post today for tomorrow’s publication. The trip home wore me out and we still have a lot to unpack. Plus, I’m still struggling for inspiration. But I felt a strong need to reconnect with you. And then I had a random thought: why not look up quotes about inspiration to find some inspiration? And look what happened!
Thank you for your interest in my writing all these years. I don’t know what tomorrow, let alone next week, will bring, but I want you to know this: whether we meet here or not, you will be in my heart and I will be sending my love to you. It’s good to be alive.
Spread love everywhere you go. Mother Teresa
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