Yes, I realize it's been a while. Too long, as a matter of fact.
I think everyone goes through a period of personal renovation and reconstruction. Whether it's to realign their attitudes and emotional capacities, add a new wing to their spiritual house, or strengthen the supports of their character, time needs to be taken and work needs to get done. On most occasions those tasks need nothing more than a brush and polish, but at others, the heavy equipment is called in to tear down the faulty structures and lay the foundation for something new. I've been absent to do a bit of development in my own life, and to appreciate the progress with those willing to lend support and care.
In the past, I've tended to neglect the responsibilities and deny the defects, which was something akin to the nursery rhyme about a crooked man building a crooked house. Now, I am eager to get my hands dirty by mucking through the pains of the past, find acceptance and forgiveness, and learn new techniques to re-invent my sense of Self. Thankfully, over these past several months a great deal has been accomplished – and yet there always seems to be so much more to turn over.
So, excuse my time away from here. It's simply been a matter of a "man at work."
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