Hello, blog. Oh, how I have missed you! The anticipation of starting a new post. The smile inside when the idea finally comes together. The gratitude for those who read and comment. And, most of all, the cathartic exercise for mind and soul that blogging is for me. I have missed it all these past few months.
It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about you. I have pieces of paper all over the house with ideas for blog posts. I have a running list of topics saved in a Notepad file on my desktop. What I haven’t had is time. Time to slow down, breathe, and think. Time to meditate through words about what I’ve been learning and what connections I am making. I am writing today to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry for neglecting you, and in turn, for neglecting a very important part of myself.
Last weekend, I did make time to do some reading that relates to our service learning project with UMFS. I read about rocks, hedgehogs, and buses. I recognized that some of my biggest rocks — family and school — have been pushed out of my time jar. I discovered that there is a name for the kind of thing I long to have in my professional life — a hedgehog concept, a basic principle that unifies, organizes, and guides all decisions. And I finally decided that I am on the WRONG bus, and it is long past the time for me to get off!
And so it is with this short post that I recommit myself to you, my blog. We have but a short time left until I reach the end of my Masters program, and I want to share every last minute with you. You have been a faithful companion on this journey, and you’ve helped me capture a tremendous amount of learning. We’ve had a lot of fun along the way, too, and I want to get that back.
With great affection,