Thursdays were the days when I could publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly basis. It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together. I started SJT about two years ago. Today, I 've decided to step away from the link up for a while. I will miss my SJT community, but will still be reading and commenting on blog posts. I'm not stepping away from my blog all together; I'll continue to post when I can, but it's time for some REJUVENATION.
REJUVENATE: to give new strength or energy to something
As you may know, we recently downsized and moved into a condominium. This was a somewhat stressful and grueling process, but now that we're here, we are so happy! In the move we donated, gave away, sold, and threw away A LOT of stuff. We feel lighter, freer, and rejuvenated! This is not to say we don't have a lot to do and even more downsizing to go. There are still boxes to unpack, a second round of stuff to get rid of (sometimes you have to take it with you and then decide you really don't need/want it after all), and things to install or hang. However, it is definitely good for the spirit to simplify.
In the midst of the move, when we were finally in, there were several days of no Internet or television. My mornings, previously, were usually spent with the tv on while making breakfast and then eating breakfast in front of the computer, reading through emails, blogs, and social media. I wrote blog posts in the morning, also. This wasn't a bad thing - I learn a lot through reading blogs - they give me teaching and writing ideas, and I connect to a positive social media community through writing blog posts and commenting on others'. I've made good friends through blogging! However, when I didn't have a screen to look at, and I was "forced" to eat breakfast at our picture window that overlooks the lake, I felt so peaceful. I enjoyed being unplugged for awhile; it was rejuvenating.
When Internet and cable were back up and connected, I realized I had lost a little motivation to blog. I wanted to read out on the deck or take a walk around the lake instead. I even wanted to unpack a few more boxes and hang pictures on the wall. I also realized how much time blogging takes! This is not to say I don't enjoy being connected and learning/writing through blogging, and I hope after some time away from SJT, I will come back with fresh ideas and thoughts, and we can all reconnect again. I'll also still be blogging about teaching and books.
I hope you all understand, and again, I plan on coming back, but for now, I need a little rejuvenation!