Hello. I’ve taken several weeks off, and now I’m refreshed and ready to write again.

Briefly, why I needed to step away from the computer …

  • I received an email from a person whose mere name in my inbox brings on flashbacks.
  • A recurring nightmare I’ve had for over 40 years came back to terrify me once again.
  • I had an anxiety attack.
  • These things combined made me physically ill.

After about a week, I realized that I’d had a setback, not a relapse. A setback slows you down in your recovery, but it doesn’t take you back to Square One, and you can make up lost ground in a few weeks. A relapse is more profound and more difficult to recover from.

So, that’s why I took a two-week “vacation.” I gave myself permission to be absent from some meetings and other commitments, to indulge in my passion of painting furniture, to relax and rest and pray, and to take my dog to the dog park twice a day instead of just once.

It seems to have worked for me because, well, here I am again.

I would love to hear from some of you about this post … Have things like this happened to you? How were they alike and different? What worked and didn’t work for you in recovering?

To all of us, I wish for bright rays of sunshine to lift spirits, give hope, and remind us of connections in our lives.