Dear Listeners,

I’m back home in Broken Arrow where I grew up, visiting my parents. No podcast this or next week. But here’s a little merciful bit from Parker Palmer’s latest book, On the Brink of Everything, for your day:

“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people — it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others.”

I’m pondering whether I agree entirely. I do know this is true in my experience: when I make space, clear islands of time, live in humane rhythms which allow for physical, actual solitude, and breathe deep there, I give my soul a real chance to then show up more fully when I am with others. I am one who needs and desires the literal solitude, daily. It gives me the freedom to be my better self wherever I am — alone or with others.

Praying this to be real today, here in Oklahoma. May your Christmas season be filled with grace and joy.