Long ago, I discovered that being at a retreat is much more exciting that coming home from a retreat.
At the retreat you are immersed in the people and program. Once you return home, real life takes precedence. The urgent demands of daily life tend to drown out the excitement of the mountain top. It is quite normal for the great experience to quickly fade into background static.
I have found that there is a way to hold on to that cozy campfire glow. It takes Follow Through. By that, I mean you must work on what you learned. Merely basking in pleasant memories is a sure path to losing the glow.
For example, I took two days to drive home from my writers retreat in Mew Mexico. I returned Saturday and immediately faced the onslaught of urgent real life I'd put off for a week. My family expected some attention. My congregation desired that their pastor show up and preach on Sunday. My body begged for a bit of sleep. Very well. These are not unreasonable wishes. However, Monday soon jumped up and demanded attention as well. The phone rang, my calendar chimed in, and prior commitments cleared their collective throats.
Follow Through. Despite the clamor of demands competing for my ADD attention (I used to be ADHD but the "H" is long gone), I decided to start a list. I prioritized the prior commitments and shoehorned in some Follow Through. Voila! I had a means of moving ahead with my retreat experience. The Follow Through is completing the items on the list while prioritizing the flood of new, urgent demands as they pop up like an everlasting game of Whack-A-Mole.
At this point I can say I've crossed off ONE item on my Follow Through list. I am writing this to make myself accountable to you, the blog follower.
More to follow.