retreat this weekend. The fact that I'm saying that this was an "opportunity" is, in and of itself, out of character.
Not only did I willingly attend (perhaps a bit grudgingly at first) but I actually took a lot away.
It was amazing to listen to the speaker talk about her faith... I wanted to soak up all of her messages and recall each word for word. But I couldn't take my eyes off of her to write anything down... Instead I relied on my little brain to take all of the inspiration and emotion and keep it tucked away to put into practice as I change my life.
I have no illusions that it's going to be easy. There are always part of life that are difficult. But I've learned that it's okay. It's how we react, and the lessons that come out of the unintended teaching sessions make up who we are.