Sunday, September 26, 2010

TIME OFF

I am taking some time off from The Buddha Diaries. It's a difficult decision for me. On the one hand, there's the fear that readers will abandon me in droves, especially at a moment when my (world-wide!) readership seems to have been building once again. On the other, the blog is an addiction of a kind, and missing even a day is accompanied by a feeling that I have not done something that I should have done.

But there is another call right now, and it has been getting stronger by the day: I have mentioned, I'm sure, that new book of essays I have been working on, a kind of sequel to Persist, whose success has encouraged me to believe that there are readers who would welcome another of its kind. The project has been sitting around in fairly complete manuscript form for a good while now, just begging for attention, and it needs time and patience to work through and bring to completion.

I have watched myself postpone that work from day to day and week to week and have reached the point where I know that I have to clear the head space and the time to get it done. So I need to put my ego-attachment to The Buddha Diaries aside and focus on this other commitment for the next couple of weeks at least. It may be that odd pieces emerge along the way that I'll want to post here, too, but my main thrust is going to have to be elsewhere.

I'm confident that those who are kind and interested enough to follow The Buddha Diaries will be back when I return to it. In the meantime, though, here's sending metta to all, a wish for good health and happiness--not to mention a national return to sanity in time for the election!

10 comments:

TaraDharma said...

Best of luck to you, Peter. I think it's a commendable decision considering. See you when you return!

MysticBlueRose said...

I will be here, waiting patiently for your return.

Debra

Vyvyan said...

and I as well. Thank you, Peter, and good luck! I enjoyed reading "Persist" and I eagerly await your next project.

robin andrea said...

Time off is good! Hope you enjoy every creative moment of it.

CHI SPHERE said...

Continue your path of insightful and persistent creativity Peter while knowing that all your energy is well spent preparing the best new work you can make!

Cheers

Anonymous said...

best wishes, kep us posted on the next Persist, and on the return of The Buddha Diaries.
Stuart

mandt said...

Peace..... MandT

PeterAtLarge said...

Thanks to all for the generous thoughts!

WITTY WALKERS said...

Best wishes Peter in following the call and looking fwd to the Diary when you have finished the book. I watched your video on the Call - mightily impressed and very moving. I had the occasion the following day to use your talk as an encouragement to a young friend who has a call to the priesthood.

mandt said...

Come back Shane, come back!!! :)