Getting the Hang of It

It’s beginning to sink in. I am on Renewal (sabbatical).

Earlier today, I was concerned there had not been a new message on my Blackberry for several hours. I  wondered if there were something wrong with it.

Then, it dawned on me: this is what it’s like not to be on call, on demand, always engaged in some activity and juggling six, or sixteen, others.

Now, there was some excitement today. A furniture repair guy came to the house this morning, right before I joined a conference call for People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV). A little later, I had lunch with a friend.

But then I came home, feeling relieved that was all the stuff I had commited to for the day. I felt really tired.

I sat for awhile just looking at the yard, then raked a few old leaves, and threw a stick for Cocoa. When I  tired of that I sat down again. A little later, I came in and took a nap. Awaking about an hour later, I read for awhile.

This is going to take some getting used to. But I think I am getting the hang of it.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “Getting the Hang of It”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how caught up in life we can become? We are so attuned to the Blackberry, phone, email (etc.) it becomes easy to overlook what is really important. For me recently, it has been an awakening to the need for slowing down, reevaluating what I truly value and then making changes to show their importance.
    I know I need to take time to rake some leaves and throw a stick or two…and then, a nap!
    So, Robin, enjoy the renewal. Throw a stick or two for me!

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