A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
I took a hiatus from writing even
though I stayed committed to trying new experiences. Consequently, I
became so busy that I did not have the time to blog. What a conundrum when you don’t
have time to write but crave it like a good piece of chocolate or better yet, a
little loaf of fresh baked spongy soft Italian bread with butter-yum!
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Therefore, the next few blogs
will be reflections of the past two
weeks. The first week involved
fun stuff in Pittsburgh, and the next week
involved traveling the northern California coast,
attending two weddings and also visiting Utah. The latter resulted in moving almost every night and
covering a lot of ground in five (5) days which gave birth to another dilemma - finding a way to pack for varied climate changes. Girls, I know that
you understand this paradoxical situation!
I have discovered that I love to
blog! I love sitting like Buddha on the end of my couch with my laptop resting on my
lap and reflecting on the days adventures.
A friend of mine stated it well, “Reading
your blog made me think about what I do in a week and I realized that I also do a
lot of fun stuff". We all do great things and have great experiences with
our family, friends and at work etc. All of our lives are adventures and sometimes we just
need to take the time to reflect on our day. Heck,
I have done almost everything recommended in the book that helped to motivate
my blog- “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book.” Also,
I have gained a lot of experiences that are conducive to Maslow's theory of reaching the pinnacle of my potential. (See Day 1- Why This Blog )
Therefore, I challenge you reader to reflect
on your own story in some way. It’s fun to tell a story or even better, to think
that someone out there in cyber space might even be interested in what you have
Then Jesus said, “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.”
There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostle didn’t
even have time to eat. They left by boat for a quieter spot (Mark 6:31, 32).
We can get so busy that we forget to find a place to rest and reflect. Both of which are important
especially in our spiritual journey and in our daily life.