Day 16: Retreat

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I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of retreating. I’m actually scared of what would happen if I just stopped.  Idle time is when my mind wanders.  It conjures up the worst images.  Things I don’t want to write about. They are too hard. Too awful.  Idle time is when the doubt and regret creep in.  I think if I keep moving they don’t have time to settle.  I tried it tonight. Just to see.  I did not like where my mind went.

The only place I really stop and reconnect is at the beach.  There’s something about the sound of the waves crashing.  I could listen for hours. It soothes me. I know running away is not the answer.  I could hop on a plane tonight and settle myself under a palm tree but the pain would still be there.  It will always be there– a tickle, an itch of it even on the best days. But maybe on a day when I find myself by the sea I’ll stop long enough to find a place for the grief that I can live with. Tuck it away so I can be at peace everywhere, not just when my toes are in the sand.

One thought on “Day 16: Retreat

  1. I hope you can stop.. just long enough to hear Zoey in the waves, in wind..she is there, whispering to you. You are amazing Dawn (and Joe) truly amazing people.


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