Embracing Change

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 22:19

Hello, World!

Isn’t that how a blog is supposed to start? Except that this blog isn’t new in the strictest sense. Content once lived here and on a previous blog that included musings on politics, the environment, racial issues and life. At various points since 2009, when I stopped writing commentary for The Indianapolis Star, I’ve used blogging to exercise my writing and thinking muscles. That will be true again.

Our country has undergone a radical transformation, and the deeply unsettling nature of these changes has been magnified for me on a number of personal fronts. Just before the New Year, I left a job I loved, that I had poured my heart into for the past five years. At that time, I decided to focus on some areas of my life that suffered during that period, including my personal fitness, spiritual health and relationships. Part of this focus is being intentional about how I spend my time. More reading! Less social media. More writing! Less social media. More of the things I care about. Less of all that other stuff.

Life can change, and does, within instants. Loss of a loved one. A cancer diagnosis. A tornado. Life also changes in long, slow drips, like stalactites that multiply in the cold, damp, unchanging environment of a cavern. We can look outward and fear the scope of change, or we can pull something from deep within ourselves, something that says we are both divinely protected but absolutely in charge of our next steps. And from that place, we go forward.

Hello, world! I’m back.

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