I just got home from a retreat. For three days, I was drowned in solitude, silence, simplicity, and prayer.
It is interesting that the word "retreat" also means "to give up" -- but more than a mere surrender, it specifically means "to give up so you can go on."
Just like the Trojan War, the Greeks had to retreat because they were losing the battle. They had to rethink of a plan to beat the Trojans. With their retreat, came a war winning idea -- to send a Trojan Horse.
Thanks to this retreat, I now feel renewed and refreshed. I now find peace and serenity remembering what this fight was all about -- my visions and convictions: the things I believe in and the things I am willing to die for.