Hey Gang –
Let me just encapsulate my 2012 so far with the following paragraph from my newest book, Zentauria. (This is paragraph one, chapter one, by the way.)
All major changes in life happen in a moment: a phone call, email, chance meeting, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, screeching brakes, a single gunshot, or the blinding flash of a revelation. From one moment to the next, any of these things could portend a new chapter in our journey. And while the foundation for many of these events might have been laid out way in advance, you can always find the exact moment of any major shift in the life experience.
I just can’t bring myself to go into much detail at the moment, but let’s just say that my most recent “moment” happened in a phone call from my mother on 12-29-11, and less than 48 hours later, I’m visiting an intensive care unit in Panama City, Florida. This was my New Year’s Eve.
And I’m still here in PC, by the way, taking things a day at a time, with most everything else on hold at the moment. It’s funny… you can plan, strategize and look forward to any number of things in your life, but anything and everything is subject to change… in a moment. Life truly is a fragile, volatile, and unpredictable proposition.
About the only constant in my life these past couple weeks has been the gym and the running. And, as usual, the physical training remains stone constant – especially during difficult times – because it shifts from being a mere lifestyle component to a meditative survival mechanism. Don’t know what I would do without it. And… yes – I’ve been diligently keeping up with my marathon training in a separate journal and will be updating things around here asap.
As far as everything else, I’m sorry to be so cryptic about the particulars right now. Hang in there with me…