I'm at a happy place right now. However, it was not without doubt and apprehensions. It is a slow process and the first thing I've learned about this whole experience is how to be patient. Like a flower, it blooms in its own time. And it definitely will wherever it is planted.
The place where I am in right now, both literally and metaphorically, is helping me discover myself. More often than not, I treat my stay here as a sabbatical. I rediscover, I become aware, I am strengthened. A lot of times it seems that I grope in the dark, trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Things are put in perspective with everyday encounters with my colleagues and students alike.