I’ve made the decision to cast myself in the role of a hero, to cross the threshold into a new world, to take on an adventure.
Shouldn’t we strive to become the hero of the story of what happens to us?
I have received news–it feels like a summons, actually, as if I’ve been drafted. And I will not run away. I will go and fight.
Did I choose this adventure? Well, yes, a long time ago. Only I didn’t know I was choosing this.
I’m intentionally being vague because I don’t have permission to disclose where I’m going, or why. I can only say that I’m going there with family, and that it’s a serious, scary place full of tests, ordeals and enemies. There I am sure to find allies who will help me survive, so that I can gain the rewards hidden in that strange place.
Which rewards? I don’t know. How can there be anything good in that dark, terrifying place to which I am going? Yet I choose to believe–I must believe–there are spiritual treasures hidden there. I will search for them, and fight to claim them for myself, with the goal of bringing them back when I return, transformed.
If l return, I will bring my story with me.
This story, my story today, however is not merely a story. I must live this.
Getting to know you, my blogosphere friends, has been wonderful. Many of you have been my mentors (see step 4), people who have prepared me for what comes next. You’ve given me courage and wisdom for my journey. Thank you.
I don’t want to leave you. I like it here. Just a few days ago, I planned on staying here. I promised to start a new series. But that plan was wishful thinking, an avoidance of what I hoped I would not have to face.
But I am not a shirker of duty. I will go because love insists I must go. I do not know when I will return.
I will miss you, my blogging/social media/cyberspace world.
Friends, I covet your prayers and good wishes. Leave them here in the comments–call out to me as I depart. I will hear you and treasure your encouragement, but I have already decided not to respond to any more comments. My burden has become very heavy. So beginning now I will take on only the most essential obligations.
Fare thee well. I will hold you in my heart until we meet again.