Upon reflection, I find that I have, indeed, immersed myself deeply in this journey. This really has been a journey, too. I see myself as being on a pilgrimage. Let me share some words with you from David Whyte. This is from Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity.
"At its best, work seems never-ending only because, like life, it is a pilgrimage, a journey in which we progress not only through the world but through stages of understanding. Good work, done well for the right reasons and with an end in mind, has always been a sign, in most human traditions, of an inner and outer maturity. Its achievement is celebrated as an individual triumph and a gift to our societies. A very hard-won approval.
Seen in the light of a pilgrim's journey, work takes on a greater significance than merely paying the bills and keeping the ever-present wolf from the door. With something larger in mind, something yet to be fully imagined, something to be looked for, then the hazards and hopes, the trepidation and the triumphs of work are magnified and given import and meaning."
I am a pilgrim seeking continued enlightment. This "job" has proved to be an excellent vessel for that purpose. As engaging as this journey has been, and continues to be, I find that I have neglected other things that have brought me pleasure and relaxation in what seems now like another life.
Blogging is something I've particularly missed. My sincerest appreciation goes out to those who have left comments now and then wondering when there might be more posts. One in particular rode all the way here to see if I was still alive. It's good to be missed instead of finding out that people are happy to no longer hear from you. The past 10 months have given me plenty of material. The pressure has caused the writing bug to blow into the open again. You've been warned.
The quote above talks about trepidation. There was some when I applied. But I gritted my teeth and went for it.
I grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns.
I would either fly or crash. By the way, I didnt' know you could go someplace to get training in how to properly collide but the sign above the door says differently.
Imagine being invited by a team owner to jump onto the factory bike. ( Ok, I know this isn't anywhere near that, but it's the only photo I had on short notice ). You worry about even staying on the track. Then imagine surprise, followed shortly by elation, that you not only keep up but actually improve the lap times a bit.
To celebrate my newfound rediscovery of fun outside work I did my first panoramic photo of a rainbow that appeared a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it's an accomplishment that's way behind what some of you have already done. A certain blogger in Denver did that years ago. What can I say?
I'm also working on the blog lay-out. Bear with me. This new fangled template stuff is going to bend to my will eventually. For good or bad, I'm back. I'm smiling, hope you are, too!
Miles and smiles,