Sunday, April 26, 2020

A Little Less Hurry

I made an interesting discovery this week. I tried to fix some issues on my laptop by myself since Apple stores are closed...and I ended up virtually crashing my computer. I completely freaked out and thought I would never recover all the documents and files stored on there, let alone the fact that I could not do anything for my business, not even fill orders. Was this a temporary problem? Yes, it could be fixed or replaced, but that didn't seem to calm the initial shock. So I asked myself, why did it bother me so much? In hindsight, it really wasn't that bad, the problem was fixed in a couple hours with phone support. 

I learned that I was way too attached to both technology and my work. Is the computer absolutely necessary for my job? Yes, yes it is, but even if we cannot do our job....which many people are unable to do in these should not take away our peace. I still had my family, my friends, my health, my home, my dog, my faith....this only affected one small area of life (granted an important one) but it was still only work. I tend to put a lot of importance on work, and I realized...too much importance. Work/life balance does not come easily for someone who works from home, it's takes constant effort, but temporarily "losing" my computer forced me to take a step back. 

With the upcoming feast of St Joseph the Worker this week, reflecting on the dignity of work is a good thing. But I'd like to imagine that although St Joseph was very dedicated and diligent in his carpentry, the moments that gave his life the most meaning were those afterwards at home with Jesus and Mary. I think when we come to the end of our lives, we won't wish we had done more work, even though that is what we try to accomplish every day. I have a feeling it won't be as important, for the greatest work is that of prayer, union with God, and charity toward others. 

The "crashing" of my computer was actually one of the best things I could have experienced this week. It made me see that even if it all was taken away, and work was no longer part of my day to day, there's nothing wrong with a quiet life, a less hurried life, and a life filled with a little more laughter...and that maybe that could be a better part of work life too.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Triplets

I never imagined that one day our family dogs would all be rescues. They each have a unique story. Daisy (on the right) was abandoned in the woods and found my brother. Teddy (in the middle) I met at a rescue adoption weekend at PetSmart. Scotty (on the left) showed up at my parents' doorstep nine months ago and still hasn't left ;-) They all have unique personalities, but they are the three musketeers. 

I think having a pet in your home is one of the most worthwhile ventures in life. Sure, it can tie you down a bit, make travel plans have a little more planning, and is something that requires responsibility. But having a dog is enriching. It's having someone greet you every time you walk in the door, having someone to take care of, and sharing little moments that make you laugh when they do something incredibly cute.

Dogs have a sense of how people are feeling. They also force you to get outside too with their need for exercise. Besides, you are giving a dog a good home where they will be loved and cared for and happy. It goes both ways! I love the quote: "a house is not a home without a dog." 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Stone

"And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre?" [Mark 16:3] I heard a sermon once that took note of this line in Scripture as very significant. That it shows us things we think are impossible to overcome or accomplish, God has already taken care of. For when they arrived at the tomb, the stone was already moved, when they had been so concerned who could do so.

There are so many areas of our lives that we feel have "immovable stones" because there are countless aspects of situations that we cannot change or have no control over. Easter teaches us that Christ is more powerful than any difficulty we may encounter. He may not always move the stone from our lives, but during the time that the stone was in the way Christ was behind it. So if there are "stones" that we are stuck behind, Our Lord is there behind the stone with us too.

It kind of gives you a sense of peace when you accept that God is the one in control, and He will make things right according to His plan. He of course expects us to move the stones in our life that we can change, but when we can't He wants us to realize He can. This Easter season should be one of renewing our confidence in God, knowing that He cares about us so individually that every aspect of our lives matters to Him.

I pray that this holy season will be a time of much grace for us all, and I wish all my readers a most Blessed Easter!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Count Your Blessings

I think one of the biggest traps in life is getting caught up in negativity. Most people do not like when people are happy all the time. Don't you think if you walked around all rosy every single second like there were no problems and you couldn't stop smiling, people would throw invisible daggers your way? Why is it that people are happy to be unhappy? It's like we are so bogged down in our own problems and worries that we can't see others move beyond theirs...because it forces us to realize that we are part of our own problem. We are our own worst enemy in terms of happiness. We can choose to either focus on the positive or the negative.

You always hear the phrase "it's the little things." Aren't they worth getting excited about? It's easy to forget to count your blessings. Gratitude is at the heart of joy. When we appreciate all the gifts God is giving us, we are suddenly happier because we see life for what it is . . . a daily opportunity to love. Here are simple joys most people can experience right now...sitting outside in beautiful weather working from home, catching up with friends on the phone who live far away, quiet visits to the Tabernacle, making home made dinners, preparing for holiday celebrations . . . being still. I think what this world forgets how to do is to be still.

There's something about slowing down that makes you see the blessings around you. When life moves at a pace where one day jumps over the next, you are so busy trying to keep up that you look at where you are going rather than where you are. This is one of my favorite quotes about writing, but can also be applied to life, "writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

On this Palm Sunday when all hail Christ as King, count your blessings and thank Him for them, remembering in the words of St Therese, "Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude."