I've been absent from G+. for more than one reason, but 'meraki' is one. I had 2 weeks to produce things for the craft fair, and I don't make things lightly. I prefer to make things well, which takes time. so I spent many hours each day producing things. many long hours.
and then there was the attack in Paris, and comments about my experience with the craft fair seemed trite, so I didn't post. not to mention the fact that I was reluctant to delve into G+ and expose myself to the posts that were perpetuating erroneous or divisive information. the comments on many posts were almost painful to read.
and physically I have been losing functionality in my left hand. my eyesight has been giving me problems, too, making reading online difficult. and I've had issues arising within the household that needed dealing with, and friends were going through difficult times.
so there were many things that took up my time. may things that required my presence. my being truly present: doing what I was doing with all of my being. doing with little time left for sleep, neverthless G+ing.
I've not gone from G+. just not visitng at the moment.
there have been wonderful aspects to some of this time away. my contributions to the craft fair were very well recieved. this being my first foray into this island economy, I was unsure of the reception I woud receive, especially as my 'art' tends to be more than a bit off the beaten path. the craft fair was rewarding for the comments as well as the product that moved along. things reverberate afterwards, too; today I had a meeting with a second island location that would like to carry my work. which, after the almost 5 years of not creating for any kind of market at all, has been very affirming.
also today I successfully carried out 2 interventions with individuals who have been struggling. both times my observations were very well recieved, and plans were put in place with each of the individuals for the next week, and for regular check ins. I was stressed about broaching the subject with each of these individuals, and tried to steer things to a location and timing that would be conducive to being heard. it seems to have worked.
then this week I read that G+ is about to become truly broken, which makes me terribly sad.
so while other things remain precarious, some things are becoming more solid. that's the way this year is going.
to top it all off, I'm literally shocked at the date on the calendar-- how did it get to be the latter part of November?
I have a birthday the end of this month, and I don't know how it got to be just around the corner. I don't feel 'ready'. LoL!
it has been a gruelling year: the depths of despair have been eye opening and humbling, while the view from the peaks has been awe inspiring.
and so it goes...
my challenge has been to stay as present as I can be.
through all of it.
and to persevere. #budlight