Behind the Comic:
Spiritual Awakening

Today’s comic juxtaposes the deeper meaning of life and who we are with the pageantry of America’s favorite sports event. The comic makes me uncomfortable–ending with Shouty sitting awkwardly and Leonard continuing to watch the game obliviously–and that’s by design. It’s easy to talk about sports and much harder to talk about spiritual experiences. It’s easier to give our focus and attention almost everywhere but to ourselves and what’s going on inside. I used to be someone who had her calendar booked at all times, never having a moment to really evaluate what I was feeling or what I wanted or needed. And if my calendar wasn’t booked, then my attention went to another person or a television program.

About half of what Shouty goes through is from my own life and this is one of those times. I could write a book about the last three years, but in a sentence, it was the most painful, yet important, three years of my life. Filled with health challenges, loss, and heartbreak, there were some dark times where I didn’t know if I would make it.

Thankfully, I’m still here, like Shouty, growing and learning.

I want to see how the story ends. 🙂

Spiritual Awakening

Shouty peeks out from behind the comic, as if coming from a different dimension. Leonard asks, “Where have you been?” Shouty comes into view in front of him and says, “I had a profound spiritual awakening.” Leonard snaps, “Dude, you’re blocking the Super Bowl.” Shouty sits down on the couch dismayed as Leonard continues to watch the game.