Grad school isn't the place to encourage wandering soul-searches, as much as I am wont to do them. I don't picture my colleagues smiling and nodding about abstract spiritual musings or what I'm learning about humility. And so the soul just goes a bit dry for awhile. In looking forward to traveling this Christmas, I realize I'm also very much looking forward to coming up for air.
Here is an old favorite band of mine, and one of their more recent songs. It's a picture of invited vulnerability. As a girl and still as a grown woman, I've always pictured life and all of our ordinary daily relationships as great adventures, passionate demonstrations of self-sacrifice. This song touches the part of me invites depth into the everyday. And c'mon, it's the Civil Wars.
Safe holiday travel, friends.