“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back . . .”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
I’m riding the flow of life to see where it leads – and I’m trying not to push the river but instead to follow the currents and rest in the eddies to discover what this life has for me.
A breast cancer diagnosis on September 6, 2011 changed my current substantially. I’m beyond the six-year mark of completing treatments and am learning to trust in the flow of life. Now and then I’m in the busy life most people live, but I’m hoping I can take with me what I learned through the cancer treatments.
A couple of years ago I took on the role of middle school teacher. During my 23 years as a high school English teacher, I’m quite sure I said I’d never teach middle school. But I found myself in the middle school classroom teaching a careers class in the spring of 2016.
That teaching stint was too exhausting for me to continue, though, so it’s back into the current, looking for my next role. I have a very part-time job that I really enjoy – social media marketing and writing curriculum for an ACT prep company, 36 University. I also lead a class now and then at the Center for Mindful Living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I began a daily Centering Prayer practice in January 2000. That daily practice was the most transformative activity of my entire life and was a constant though my eddies and currents – until last year, when it just went away. I started yoga this spring. That is my new daily practice.
I love to travel, but I hate to fly, so I drive as often as I can on my trips. I especially like driving out to the American West.
I often visit my childhood home area of Effingham County and Savannah, Georgia to be with the azaleas and Spanish moss and live oak trees. No matter where I travel, though, it’s always good to get back home to these Northwest Georgia mountains.
I very much enjoy taking photos. The photos on this blog are mine (unless otherwise indicated).
Is a current or an eddy next in my life?
I don’t know. I’m learning to trust the flow and to be comfortable with what is.
Eddy and current.