I have been in the midst of a major shift in my work life. These changes are finally in place, but began many months ago as I felt the stirrings of moving from the places and people that were the focus of my work towards a new direction. These choices were not easy, and with all moves, I had many ups and downs, ins and outs, back and forth as I finalized what and where the focus of my work needed to be.
Gratefully, it is behind me. I started writing my second book during last winter, but found that the use of my time prevented any solid writing time. And beyond that, my involvement kept my mind occupied with the concerns of others well past my time spent with them. While none of this was incorrect, it no longer was congruent with my overwhelming need to write this book. And now finally, these relationships have eased, I have started a great job that feeds my writing soul while allowing me to go home and put my mind on other things. Whew…it’s been quite a six months!
My book now is starting to flow out of me but it is still “in the womb” and not ready to be shared. Yet that will soon change. I’m excited to write Life As A Prayer, and will soon be ready to welcome my writing group’s input, as well as shout about it to the world! It’s a great time in my life, and I am very grateful.
I am about to travel to Milwaukee to visit my Dad, to share cake and coffee in honor of his 95th birthday tomorrow. Over the past few months, he has often said he can’t believe he has lived this long, having never really known anyone that has celebrated these many years.
To this frequent statement, I add that he is living it well. That he is a very healthy 95 year old. That he has been blessed to live this long, living well. To that he agrees with, “your health is everything, along with family.”
My mother passed almost 4 years ago. A loss we are all still feeling, especially Dad. He will always say that his health is good, his mind clear, but he is alone and therefore not really well. After having her at his side for sixty-two years, they had learned to orbit in their own solar system as they aged. And then he was alone, gratefully with a large family to support him as well as the wonderful retirement community and caring shared by their staff too. Dad has found a new life, but the emptiness of going it alone is something that he deals with daily.
I send you love Dad, and appreciation too on your very special birthday. I know that Mom will be with you along with all of the rest of your clan. Enjoy your celebration!