For those of you who have given up on me for any blogs, I know this must be a surprise. My apologies. Helen has probably written 10 blogs for every one of mine. So I thought I would check in and surprise everyone.
If you’ve read Helen’s blogs, you know that we’re all excited about the arrival of our new puppy. We went through agonizing Hell last week during the final days of our 14 year old Yorkie. I got to be the one to hold her while we put her down. It’s always my job which I welcome. I consider it my last gift to my dogs – sort of a way of saying “Thank You” and expressing my love. By contrast, this week is now a joy with each new capacity that unfolds with this little creature. Fifteen minutes ago I went down to see her in the galley of our boat. She proceeded to seek out “kisses” for the first time with unmistakable affection.
The other piece of news is that I’m re-contracting the itch to write. This time, the book will be about spirituality from a non-dogmatic perspective. I’m thinking about titling it “When Love & Anger Got Married: Spiritual Growth Without Dogma.” If anybody has any feedback about this title, positive or negative, I would greatly appreciate your comments. The book will contain a lot of what I’ve learned in helping people to grow their own spirituality and meaning without relying on an external doctrine. Over the years, I have worked with many people in 12 step programs who want the spirituality but don’t want to have to buy into a preset belief system about God. I’d like to pass on the many things I’ve learned about how people can develop their own belief systems and, more importantly, their unconscious “felt sense” of their life’s meaning. It’ll be different than the usual focus on conscious belief. I’ve just started my first chapter but I think I’ll have enough material for about 15 chaptgers.
The weather is getting cooler now and I look forward to the cozy feeling when I write on the boat while Helen stews some lamb in a crock pot. I can hear her rustling some pots down in the galley while starting to make dinner. Friends are coming over tonight from the next boat over. For now, life is good.