The Sabbatical

by Lance Ekum on · 3 comments

“He who can no longer pause to won­der and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” ~ Albert Einstein

…this thing called life…

As I reflect on this jour­ney, this thing called “my life”, I stand in awe.  The intri­ca­cies that have brought me to where I am today.  The moments that have seemed so insignificant…and yet the real­ity of their deep sig­nif­i­cance.  The beauty of alive-ness.  The sor­row in death.  The thrill of feel­ing fully con­nected to soul.  The despair of feel­ing trapped.  Our world and her beauty. 

…this thing called life…

There is this one thing, though.  There is this thing which makes me “look” impor­tant.  This thing which makes me “feel” impor­tant.  This thing which is a spi­ral­ing story…a spi­ral­ing story away from that sense of awe.

…this thing which lim­its my own cre­ative possibility…


Do you ever feel like you’re going and going and going…only to one day ques­tion:  Where?  Where am I really going?

Where am I really going?


I’ve been busy re-creating this space (thank you, each of you — for your amaz­ing sup­port!).   This has all been great — re-birthing Jun­gle 2.0.  Really, this has been such a deeply good expe­ri­ence for me, as I just con­tinue to draw closer to my own core.  And in all of this, I feel like I’m on the cusp in my own per­sonal life journey. 

Well, I am…except…

Except.  In all of this going and going and going, have I been paus­ing to reflect on this jour­ney?  Have I hon­estly been paus­ing, to soak in the awe of this amaz­ing thing called life?

Today, I choose to pause.  I choose to pause, to reflect, to “stand in awe”.

What does all of this mean?

This space, the Jun­gle of Life, will rest. 

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a boun­ti­ful crop.” ~ Ovid

I will be tak­ing a break from writ­ing here in this space.  And like an evening’s rest, or per­haps like the win­ter season…this space will rest also. 

…this thing called life…

Per­haps this all seems so not appro­pri­ate, so strange, so “tak­ing a step back­ward” — after all the work that went into cre­at­ing Jun­gle 2.0.  Per­haps it is. 

Per­haps, though, it is the path I must take.  Per­haps, it is exactly what is right.  Per­haps that whis­per in my heart is the essence of this Jun­gle becom­ing some­thing even more meaningful.

And I stand at the cusp in my own per­sonal journey…

I want to “stand in awe”…with this thing called life.  I want to fully grasp the mag­nif­i­cence of being alive.  I want to dream dreams.  I want to explore and create.

So, here’s the deal.  The Jun­gle of Life is offi­cially on break.  And it is exactly that — a break, a rest, a time for reflection.

The lights are off.  The lights are off, as the Jun­gle rests.  The lights are off…and will be back on again soon…

Peace, love, and all things fun!

Note:  Dur­ing this sab­bat­i­cal, I will be con­tin­u­ing the “Thoughts From the Tree­house” newslet­ter.  If you are not signed up, you can do that below.

Some of my per­sonal favorite Jun­gle arti­cles from the past year:

“This is not the end. It is not even the begin­ning of the end. But, it is, per­haps, the end of the begin­ning.” ~ Win­ston Churchill

~ Com­ments Closed ~

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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