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

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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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