I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Marcia Krause Bilyk’s work has appeared in Brevity and Tiferet Journal. A retired pastor, she works at a residential treatment center for substance-abuse disorders. She lives in Columbia, New Jersey.