“I hope we can stay in touch,” said Nancy. “I love your humour and would like to get to know you better.”
We were at the final retreat in October 2022 for the SoulGuiding program I’ve just completed. Nancy was part of my cohort of 29 participants and leaders, and I found her delightful, as I found many others. Staying in touch personally likely wasn’t going to be feasible, but I didn’t want to admit it.
“I may relaunch my blog that offers a smile or perhaps a new idea in 400 words or fewer. Would you like me to let you know if I do?”
“Oh, yes, that would be great!”
When I got home, I labelled an empty folder “Blog Ideas.” I intended to jot down and file my purpose in relaunching it, suitable topics, and specific anecdotes that could work as they came to me. Two months later, the folder was still empty. I wondered if this lack of juice was a sign the time had come to wrap it up.
I wrote “Final blog entry” in the middle of a blank sheet of paper, planning to create a mind map of my related thoughts as they occurred.
My pencil started to fly. Reasons to stop adding to it. Reasons to take it down off the internet. Reasons to take down my website, even. Whoa. I didn’t expect that!
This past weekend, I reviewed my program writings. A few themes emerged.
- Let go of the idea that I must do things because they please others
- Focus on activities that make me come alive and know they will change over time.
I must listen to my inner teacher. For this blog, this entry has to be the last post. (My, that sounds ominous.)
My blog and website will be in place until the end of February 2023, so you can re-read anything you like and contact me if you wish.
I feel sad to end an activity that has brought me and others pleasure since 2016. If this post hasn’t brought you a smile or new idea, I leave you with this very old one.
“To every thing, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Peace, my dear readers.