A renewed path to journaling and healing

Photo by Author: kayaking, May 2021

Never the same again.

After one full year of CBT my life and heart were changed and will never be the same. In addition to the amazing in-session work that challenged me and kept me safe, my journaling became an inseparable part of my healing. Since ending my therapy in April I have pretty much stopped not only journaling, but I have found myself not writing at all.

Today I feel renewed again and I know that journaling will just always be part of my walk and growth. …

And the symphony of purpose

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A weekend getaway — far from anywhere.

Relaxing on the back porch of this cozy log cabin just after sunrise, taking in the symphony of sound and song. All the players are unseen. All the notes played perfectly with purpose.

Some were methodic and alerting. Others more like a song or telling a short story….

The occasional bark of a distant dog interjects perfectly, like the awaited boom of the deep bass drum.

A rabbit sprints along the fence-line. Two horses silently graze in the adjacent field — just a stone’s throw away, yet in a different realm.

Hazelnut with…

A glimpse into my healing journey…

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I am forever grateful for my so far fifty-two-week journey of healing. I am only here today because someone followed their calling to become a guide for others, others like me.

I don’t know what I expected — or perhaps it’s just that I had no real expectations besides what we see on television. And my first visit was on video due to Covid — well, she was on video while all I could agree to at that time was to type into a chat box. Small steps I guess — but this felt like a giant one.

I used…

Easter Morning 2021

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The religious connotation of Easter Sunday is not quite what it used to be for me, now in my fifties with a bit different view on life. I see my grandkids this morning celebrating with such joy and amazement over the candy, the stuffed animals, and gifts. Part of me feels universally obligated to throw in the story of Jesus’ resurrection, but most of me doesn’t — and we won’t.

It’s enough for right now that they celebrate. We celebrate the dawn of a new year, the budding of flowers, the rebirth that is spring. Here in the Midwest, it’s…

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Despite the dinosaurs and helicopters

Our little friends should be our example

Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

Does the caterpillar mourn
its transition and transformation

Does he fear and tremble
Does he hold it off as long as he can

Does he work so hard in his short life to avoid it
expending so much energy somehow in hopes it will evade him

We call it a miracle
the beauty of nature and life

We praise God for the exciting new cycle
and marvel at the new beginning, inspiring color, and freedom to fly

Yet in our own lives
as the river heads to the sea

We fear the sea as unknown
we fear the transformation as a…

A poem about perspective

Image by S. Hermann from Pixbay

Not a branch sways,
Not a single leaf flutters
Outside my window there is stillness…
Where have you gone, God of the Wind

At a time of desperation and tears
When we reach out and plead
And need You the most

How am I to believe that you see me
How am I to know that you hear me
How are the birds to soar
I look for a sign and all I see
is a God withdrawn — a creation completely stalled…
Where have you gone, God of the Wind

I step outside to get some air
Regroup from this…

a poem about transition…

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One for the road…

The road that leads to nowhere,
Or is it to everywhere?

As spring gently glides into summer.
As the river politely dances into the sea… May I? …

Is it the end or the beginning?
Well, what is every door? Every curtain? Every step?

For in every single morning, you’ve left a day behind
a thousand, ten thousand.

In everything new, there is also an ending…
a one-time favorite that has now lost its glimmer.
But we give our heart to the new, not to the loss —
that’s how we push on.

A new haircut…

The Boss reflects on life and writing

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“And what are songs but dreams, at the end of the day? “ — Bruce Springsteen

I stumbled across an interview with Bruce this week, and that was one of his reflections. He talked about his process of collecting ideas from life, and his process of writing songs. There was so much meaningful insight worth sharing.

“…you take something out the air that isn’t there. There is no existence of it whatsoever, and you make it physical — literally…You have your antenna out…you’re just walking through the world and you’re picking up these signals of emotions and spirit and history…

Terrence Litwiller

new writer… old soul… memoirs and reflections from the journey to find my true heart and purpose and to live a life of significance

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