This is the last picture I have of Steve. He competed in a triathlon in Mississippi and took fourth place. Seven days later he was gone. Steve’s angelversary is coming up next week…July 5th to be exact. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for a year. My life has changed so much over the last 12 months. While there has been great pain, frustrations, sadness, and loneliness, God has blessed me over and over. It has been liberating to lay my life at His feet and live totally by faith.
Yesterday, I sold Steve’s practice. It was a bittersweet day. It was a blessing to sell it, as my deadline to do so was less than a week away. And, the man who purchased it is exactly who the Team and I prayed for all these long months. He will keep Steve’s legacy alive and continue to provide Steve’s patients with kindness and skilled care. But it was sad, too, as it was the end of a dream. Steve and I put so much of our life into that practice. It was a shining pinnacle of his hard work, wisdom, and skill. Selling the practice was a bit like selling Steve. I don’t expect others to understand this feeling, but it is there, nonetheless.
I will be taking a sabbatical, as it were, for a couple of weeks, to regroup, rest, and reflect. I’m going to try to go without electronics, including my phone and computer. I plan to enjoy my family and listen for God’s still, small voice pointing me in my new direction.