Depression or Wilderness Experience?

I have been depressed for several months now. Like a heavy blanket of sadness, I couldn’t flip off. No one could change the way I felt, including me. The weight became more oppressive, and I seemed to be sinking into a pit I wouldn’t be able to get out of on my own. I...

Artists

I have a picture on my desk that says, “All my life I wanted to be an artist but did not envision many specifics about what that journey might look like. It was simply BE AN ARTIST.”  I liked it because it summed up my repressed dreams and I didn’t know what to do....

Pace of Life

I read a meme on Facebook that said it’s okay not to be busy. I read a blog post today that said we should allow ourselves transition times between activities. Madeleine L’Engle used to talk about making time to just “be.” All of these thoughts ask us to consider our...

Laughter

Today is a contemplative day. I don’t know why, but everything I read this morning is weighing on my soul. Sometimes during my quiet time with God, nothing sticks. It seems like just another daily task I have to get through so I can go on to the next duty. I try...

Facing the New Year Alone

I’ve lost count how many of my close friends or acquaintances have become widows or widowers this past year. I’ve talked with a few of them throughout the year. I remember being angry when my husband died. Angry at life I think because we all did whatever we could to...