Friday, January 13, 2017

Retreat and retreat

I love it when I only have to remember one word or image that brings to mind an enormous idea

Definitions of Retreat

the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.

a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy:

an asylum, as for the insane. (my personal favorite)

a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

For me, the enemy lives in my mind, hence the reason I love the idea of the insane asylum. When I am at my worst in any situation it is truly because I have chosen to be at my worst; yes, chosen. I have a choice in every situation to look at the situation in any way I want and often times I choose to look in a way that can be more terrible because of my perspective. I came across this idea while visiting friends in Philly. I was in desperate need of a retreat to a retreat, so I retreated and retreated.

What I found while retreating is that I need to retreat a lot, and that is not only okay but necessary to continue to move forward.

Retreating is not a failure or losing the battle, retreating is understanding that you can not keep plowing into a brick wall and think somehow you will get to the other side.

Retreating and retreating allows for a time of reflection, a time of taking stock in what is important to your soul, a time to come up with a new plan to get through the wall that you are facing.

'Insane asylum' sounds like such a terrible place however one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Today I ask all who suffer with 'insanity' to take a moment to retreat and retreat, join me at the asylum for some peace, quiet and ultimately a way over the wall.

In peace and love for all my insane friends out there, keep going, keep trying, we are all in this together. As 'crazy' as I may be it's comforting to know I am not alone :)

hugs and love and more hugs and love K

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