The first week of September was really just organizing Anawim, raising up leadership, closing up loose ends.
Then I spent about ten days with my parents who live a quiet retired lifestyle, and have a guest room which they allowed me to use. This gave me an opportunity to set some things aside in my mind, to focus on my spirituality and to begin a regimen of exercise (oh yeah, haven't exercised this morning... be right back... there, that's done), and to get some tips about eating right, which they have got down to a science now.
You know, the tough part about any new discipline is remembering. If I don't remember to exercise physically and spiritually every day, then my overall life will be worse for it. That would be heading toward a downward spiral.
Then I spent four days at the local Trappist Monastery, near Newberg OR. This gave me some separated space with God, some personal counsel that I desperately needed.
And I just got back from a week at a friend's beach house in Waldport, OR. I have to thank my friend Sylvia for driving and arranging for me to be driven at all these various places because I've been going with a suspended license. No driving for me until October 19!
Diane (my wife) came with me to Waldport, and we took pictures and generally relaxed. She was so serine and happy there-- a house she could clean, and no crises or work or public transportation to deal with. I wish she could have had longer there.
For me, I actually had an opportunity to relax there. I spend one whole day just organizing my music, and I didn't get bored or exhausted. That was different for me. I've been waking up at 5, exhausted, but I'm willing to live with that. Diane also cooked so much that despite my previous efforts, I'm afraid I gained more weight there. Well, there's time to start again.
So today I head back to Anawim and start making plans for a permanent change. Don't pray for me. Pray for them.