Tag: Sabbatical

Thoughtful Tuesday: An artful response

Thoughtful Tuesday: An artful response

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Argh! I am just beginning sabbatical. I packed everything. And the tiny suitcase of my art supplies is sitting. at. home. So, pleh. I am officially on sabbatical. It started Sunday just after launching Manna: An Online Worship for All. That effort, to launch a new service, in a new way, on time, and with zero budget, I suppose, was an artful response to the woes of the world. We created Manna to stand in for those people who are in places where they cannot access a Christian community that affirms who they are. It is planned and led by LGBTQIA+ people. We had people as far flung as Cambodia, Sierra Leone, the Congo, England, and of course, all ends in the US, but especially, I noticed, the southern ends. It is true that the Christian south has a reputation for not including, aff...
TGIF: Gratitude for Returning from Sabbatical

TGIF: Gratitude for Returning from Sabbatical

Gratitude
Hi! I'm so glad to be back on Beguine Again. I took a long time to regroup after my mom's death and my graduation. I needed that time. And I missed the daily focus on gratitude I had cultivated. Is it easier for you to remember things that caused you pain rather than things that made you happy? It is for me. I remember when I was growing up I would do something without thinking it through, like reach for a pot handle after it had been on the stove for a while, and get hurt. Never anything serious but small injuries. My mother would usually just look at me and say, "Well, I guess you wont do that again." And she was right. The memory of the pain was enough to keep me from grabbing for a hot pan with my bare hands again. As good a deterrent as pain is, it is a sad way to live daily lif...
TGIF: Gratitude for a Sabbatical

TGIF: Gratitude for a Sabbatical

Gratitude, spiritual practice
It's time. The big transition is here. And, of course, life is complicated because that's life. Yet I want to stop and listen for a while. I don't get to stop entirely for 30 days like the Jesuits do. Housework needs doing, repairs need repairing, business needs starting, dogs need training, and Mom's stuff needs shipping. So I decided to take a sabbatical. Sabbatical is a period to rest and rejuvenate during a major cycle of life. For me this cycle is the end of school and the beginning of what is next. It is also about my age. I am 45 and I just lost my mother. I most likely have more years behind me than ahead. It's a different perspective on life. So from now until October 3rd I am going to slow down, indulge my ponderiness, and listen to the depths of the cosmos. I don't know ex...