More than two weeks after the Catholic New Media Conference and Lisa and I still haven’t posted anything. The more time goes by, the more pressure I feel to write something…yet not just something, but something good. Sarah Reinhard emailed me last week and asked if I was settling back into “real life” post-CNMC and I wrote her back.
“If by “re-entering the Real World better than I am” means that I still haven’t put up an original post since the CNMC because I’ve spent all my “should-be-writing-time” looking at other peoples photos and Facebook conversations, and blogs summarizing their experiences at the conference, etc. Then yes, I’m doing great.”
|Shelly, Lisa & Dorian at CNMC|
Personally, the CNMC provided me with a welcome break from major stress I’ve been feeling. Leaving my long-time career caused something of a personal identity crisis for me, and I’ve been struggling to find a new “normal,” both with the job change, new house, new schools, and especially a new parish. Even under the best of circumstances, change is difficult and challenge brings about personal growth. But being among friends at the CNMC, I found myself reminded over and over again that God is always with us and He desires to heal us. We must trust in His wisdom, especially during the weak moments of our lives, because God will never abandon us. The honest sharing and reassurance from so many “virtual” friends who have become so much more than that empowered me to return home refreshed and renewed in spirit, ready to face the challenges that continue to be present.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)