I’ve often said my life feels like a hamster wheel — some days more than others. Racing through work, juggling my son’s schedule, managing grad school homework and writing my thesis are just a few daily challenges. Free time? What’s that? I own two new DVDs I haven’t even taken out of the shrinkwrap yet. I know God won’t give me more than I can handle, but as Mother Teresa once said, I sometimes wish He didn’t trust me so much!

There is irony as I perform my daily tasks. I’ve been unable to maintain the treadmill workout I started in January, due to lingering effects from early-February’s bout of pneumonia. The irony is compounded by the fact that my thesis topic includes the study of illness narratives. Perhaps the up-close and personal nature of experiencing illness that won’t go away is meant to provide a deeper understanding of the topic.

I’ll watch my troll get some exercise on the hamster wheel and know that for now, at least, walking by faith and not by sight, are enough.

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