This is Only a Test

For the next 60 seconds, I will be writing this blog post to see how much things have changed on WordPress since I posted almost 10 months ago. That is a long time to break from blogging. I want to come back and write consistently again in the time to come. Let’s see how this goes.

I was away in the stream of life for a long time and while I was out there, many things changed in this world. We got that new president. This development has caused great fear and concern for the future of our planet. It has also been a call to action. This action is still in process. I won’t try to analyze this right now. We all know what is at stake.

I lost an important relationship. This is a very personal story and has thrown into question everything I thought I knew about myself. Suffice it to say that having a relationship end is never an easy thing. It makes a person grieve, quiet themselves, take stock. I am doing all that. More on this at some future time, perhaps.

I traveled to Malawi twice in the past year and will be going again in July to (hopefully) finally begin the children’s reading garden that I have been planning with friends there these last many months. I hope I can plant the seeds that need to be planted and then successfully hand the project to those whom it belongs to. I am learning.

I am not one to pray for divine intervention. I have always believed that whatever I accomplish or don’t accomplish in this life is entirely up to me. I would not say I am an atheist, exactly, but I do not believe in a benevolent overlord in the sky who will swoop in and make my life work. The burden is on me.

Perhaps therein lies my problem. This life of mine is not a burden. It is a gift to me and frankly, a gift to the world, if I can only see it that way. See it and it will be so. I can wake up each day and hope for the best, from me and for me. And for this world. More on all these things in the time to come.

(Okay, this took a little longer than 60 seconds. Still, it is a test.)

Students of Standard 4, Lilongwe Demonstration School, 12/6/16. We made pinwheels from recycled plastic bottles, inspired by William Kamkwamba, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

8 thoughts on “This is Only a Test

  1. Loved your post this morning. And I love that picture. How fantastic. I saw it before….but it just makes me smile. And I love you. Have a lovely day. kar >

  2. Thanks for returning. Your thoughts are always insightful and yes, your life is a gift to us all.

  3. Hi Lisa,
    So glad you’re are back! I miss your blog and poetry.

    Please note that I have a new email address:

    I will be with Diane Brigham tonight. We are going to hear Jack Kornfield – wish you were hear to join us.


    Sent from my iPad

    1. Thanks Karen! Give Diane a big hug from me. I wish I was with you, too! Maybe I will be able to do a California trip one of these days… I hope so!

  4. This is only a test. In the event of an actual emergency, you will be given instructions and if none come, make them up. Because that’s what you do. With aplomb.

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