Behind the pages: What is the difference between Flee & Retreat?

Flee & Retreat

What is the difference between FLEE & Retreat?

{a page from the Pilgrim’s Progress Journal}

I know it’s been quiet here at wild thyme creative.  No, nothing wrong.  It is simply the quiet of dormancy and processing.  To be honest with you, I didn’t realize that I’d gone silent until a dear friend asked if I was okay.

I have not fled.

My windows are wide open.

open window

{When I want to run away or depression hounds me, the curtains are closed.}

No, this is a retreat.  An intentional pull back.  This quietude is simply part of a cycle.  A part of the reset that has to come after a huge influx of information.  The last few months have been incredibly rich with change and depth, matching the cycles in my garden.  There is huge growth happening under the surface; I can feel it about to burst and I’m preparing for it.

For the something coming.

There is needed change and a returning to old passions

There are insightful conversations and honest assessments

And there is no fear…

What is the difference between Flee and Retreat?

Flee is what you do when you run for your life from a predator.  When, for safety, you have to get away from something – by running as quickly as your adrenaline-laced muscles will take you.  A retreat, however, has intention and is to preserve life and find peace.  You can walk when you retreat…and breathe.

cherry blossoms

This current season of retreat is a lovely quiet with the soft sounds of birds singing, typing rhythms and pens scratching paper.  There are sketches and words.  Plans and confirmations.  There are new things coming, but they’re not here yet.  For now, I am immersed in peace & contemplation.  Visions and dreams are coming to fruition even as I bump into my awkward imperfections.  Imperfections that are perfect for the Lenten season with its invitation to enter into the wilderness with Christ.

I am learning to trust The Quiet – this season that doesn’t have much product, but is connecting me deeply to my true heart.

Speaking of returning… I’m back to lists.

I am not:

jumping through hoops

staying busy just to move

dwelling long on expectations or outside opinions

I am:

occasionally picking up my “real” camera

daily documenting with my phone camera {@wildthyme on instagram}

making honest pages

walking often

visiting the garden

listening to birds through open windows

writing daily

planting seeds

breathing all the way to the bottom

leaving my hands open

By | 2016-10-19T14:20:37+00:00 March 23rd, 2011|Behind the Pages, Journals|8 Comments

About the Author:

I create containers for words and paint and I fill them. I craft safe, sacred spaces for people to wrestle, create, heal and shout from the mountain tops.
And I teach people to do all of these things for themselves.

  • This is more than a post – it’s poetry for life. It’s an inspiration to retreat. I’d label my current cycle as *rush*, like water forced through a fire hose. Openness to Spirit and reflection just as indispensable as other cycles but the space must be deliberately carved out and my inner space intentionally settled for The Quiet.
    Your words whet my appetite for the retreat that must be past this blinding pace and on the promising horizon.

    • Wow. I can relate to the *Rush* cycles… It’s so true that we have to be intentional about our Retreat. I hope you get to The Quiet soon…


  • Meg

    “breathing all the way to the bottom”

    {absolutely incredible phrasing}

    • mk – I know that I’m worrying or moving too fast when my breathing is shallow and fast.
      Slow and deep – all the way to the bottom. Reminds me where my feet are.


  • I so enjoy the essence shared here. Beautiful ans soothing to read.

    • Kristy – Your writings are so authentic and lovely. Delighted to have you stop by! {“Beautiful and soothing to read” 🙂 🙂 }


  • Toni Lee Fowler

    LOVe this – I soo resonate!

    • wildthymecreative

      Toni Lee – Understanding the difference between Flee and Retreat changed my life. I’m able to draw boundaries and tend to self. And that means I can be present in my life.