I think I've worked out a situation I have been struggling with. I really wanted to have some resolution to that before I go Sunday for two days of silent retreat at the convent Monday and Tuesday. I've never done a silent retreat before. I'm enough of an introvert that I'm not afraid of silence, but I'm afraid of feeling shut out. I'm going back and forth about whether to take my laptop--that seems like cheating but one of the things I will be thinking about is becoming a spiritual director, and I need to write a paper about those thoughts for the program I am in.