It's been a while. For over a year now I have found it difficult to carve, so I am making an effort to be creative in other ways. Reading articles and books on the subject, I've found that I'm not alone. Some artists don't touch their paint brushes for years, even unable to sketch. There's a part of you, that's begging to pick up a pencil, but your conscious self questions the whole process.
And what it boils down to for me, is finding a meaning for what I do. My dreams have faded, and my love of carving has diminished with my fading dream.