Coming Home

tulips May 2015As I pulled out of the lot at Five Oaks today my heart was full.  I was leaving five days filled with learning with people who share my deep desire to know the Creator.  They are people who allow me to be who I am with no judgement.  It was a safe place to be.

Just as lovely though it returning home.  As I pulled into the driveway at home I was greeted by a splash of spring in the little garden in the picture and was surprised to see hosta filling out spaces in the garden along with the bleeding heart almost in full bloom.  They were barely out of the ground when I left only five days ago.

Returning to reality is hard.  So many things to do.  There are corners that need to be uncluttered, weeds to be pulled, events to attend, friends who need my attention, decisions to make about fixing the car and the eternal need to clean.  I’m sure I would just rather sit and read some of those books I bought today but I cannot.

The experience of this week was a mountain top adventure.  It filled my heart with hope and possibilities.  It took my breath away with the experience of the beauty of nature.  It made me feel close to and cared for by the creator.

The trouble with mountain top adventures is you have to come down from the mountain.  I believe and hope there are some of the gifts from the mountain I can bring back into the daily reality of life.  May I bring that love and peace I felt back to my home and my relationships.  May I continue to hold a place of acceptance and true listening, allowing a moment or two before responding to situations and words.  May I move into the day with the same mindfulness and hope.  May I remember to take time to care for myself and therefore be able to better care for others.

I want to thank all the people who made this week possible.  First of all my wonderful Bee who allows me to be who I am and seek what I must seek even if he doesn’t always understand it.  I want to thank those I have worked for in the past few months who made the week financially possible.  I want to thank the Five Oaks staff for their true hospitality.  Thanks to the staff of the Jubilee program for the devotion and planning they offer the course and it’s participants.  I want to thank the other participants for their acceptance and support. Thanks and blessings to my friends for believing in me when I find it hard to do.

My heart is full.  My blessings are many. The journey is just beginning…again.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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