A wise woman reassesses her priorities. She stops occasionally to work out what is important, what her values are. A wise woman knows life is a matter of fine-tuning. She takes stock and either polishes life or discards that which undermines her well being. I find myself in that moment: I am in need of space; I need a break. What was important nearly two years ago, when I started this blog, warrants recalibration. I look out of my window and I see the season is shifting; I drink coffee with a friend as she weighs up her options while burdened with many, too many, anxieties trying to crush her audacious spirit. 

Life is change; mindfulness is accepting change, even daunting, scarifying change. As I attempt to think this through, the word ‘otherwise’ comes to mind. From the Old English ‘on othre wisan, the prefix ‘other’ implies ‘distinct or different from’, while the archaic meaning of ‘wise’ is ‘the manner or extent of something’ as in ‘he did it this wise’. The word is related to ‘wit’, which means ‘to have knowledge … to see.’ I find I have a new knowledge of myself and my writing, different to the knowledge I had of my self and of writing in 2015. My ‘season’ as a writer, has changed. I can do little more than abide the change.

I am going to take a ‘blog break’ for the next seven weeks. I need to mind my health and prepare for a challenging and liberating journey to the other side of the world. I want, in addition, to draw on and clarify the confidence my blog, and my readers, have given me.

I do this with a deep sense of gratitude. Thank you for reading this blog. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for your support. If I decide, at the end of my break, to change direction please know it is because this blog, my readers and the experience of being part of this amazing community has shown me that,

… all experience is an arch wherethro’

Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades

For ever and for ever when I move.

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,

to rust unburnished, not to shine in use!

‘Ulysses’ Alfred Lord Tennyson

7 thoughts on “Otherwise

  1. I hear ya, Janet… I’m beginning to understand (rather late in life) that it’s okay to relinquish things that no longer serve you. Sometimes that means people. I figure a lot of times it means things like blogs. It’s been a hard lesson to learn. I will miss your blog but can only say that if there is another one in your future, your enthusiasm for doing it will probably return. May these seven weeks be a real blessing to you. πŸ™‚ I look forward to hearing all about your trip! πŸ˜€


    1. Thank you Cheryl. Your blog is inspirational, and your output is amazing. I WILL keep reading your posts. I agree that knowing what to keep and what to let go is a skill that comes later in life for many of us. i am glad to have acquired it at last. You will hear about the trip because I’m look forward to sharing our travel stories. Best wishes always. xx


  2. What a brilliant post to precede your break from blogging. One of my favourites and not only because I am mentioned. Disappointed I won’t have that weekly anticipation of your next post but excited about the new possibilities where you push across beckoning frontiers. β˜„οΈ

    Sent from my iPhone


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