I think protocol is to post a sign that says, “Gone Fishin’” not write a long overdue blog post that says, “Went fishing.”
I planned to write an elaborate “sign off for the summer email” but that didn’t happen. When this new website launched, my blogging platform changed and I forgot that one tiny detail of learning how to use it. Before you can say, “Hey kids! Put on sunscreen!” summer was in full motion and teaching myself how to do this felt impossible. Sorry for being blog MIA.
Summer was basically this: fishing with the family – teaching my shame and empathy course at UH – fishing – flying to the UK and Australia for the launches of Daring Greatly – fishing – field hockey practice – fishing – camp carpool – swimming – meeting with the Senior Faculty of The Daring Way (our new certification program for helping professionals) – more fishing. You get the picture.
Sometimes I wonder if the truly exhausting part of our lives is the radical switching of gears. I took these two pictures in the span of 24 hours. One is in the UK at the BBC and the other is on the Texas coast (that’s Charlie – he’s in charge of the trolling motor).
It’s back-to-school around here this week and I’m predictably sad to see summer go and looking forward to the returning rhythm of fall. It’s been a crazy, wonderful, exhausting, messy, fishy, summer. I’ve had lots of time to think (do you know how long it takes to fly from Texas to Australia!!!) and I feel a major recalibration coming.
As most of you know, I hate that feeling. But I’ll stick with it until clarity visits (or I can’t stand it one second longer and I make a couple of bad choices that make uncertainty look awesome). Then I’ll start over again. Dammit.
Until then – I’m back and I’m happy about that. I missed our community!