I can't believe so much time has passed since my last entry. Busy, busy, busy: Work, church, family (not in any particular order) that time seems a blur. Summer seemed to just have started and now it's back-to-school ads on TV.
It looks like I have a case of HWS...
...Hamster Wheel Syndrome! It sneaks up on you and before you know it you're in business of being busy for busy sake, yet despite all the energy and effort life goes zooming by and you've lost precious moments that can never be recovered. It was only when one day I really felt so tired and down that I realized what was happening to me: HWS! And so I took some time on an ordinarily busy day to visit a botanical garden here in Miami to simply lose myself in the beauty of nature and in doing so re-establish contact with my ever-loving creator God.
Now don't get me wrong I'm constantly saying my prayers, reading my Scriptures, preparing for bible classes, homilies for Mass, and giving retreats but I have been so busy with all of these things that I really wasn't praying the way I ought ( Saying prayers is not always the same as praying). But as I walked in the garden, in the early morning sunlight, listening to the soothing sounds of nature I prayed! I gave thanks to God for all the beauty he gave us and asked forgiveness for all the times I failed to notice it. I took example from the water lily and opened my hands wide, closed my eyes and felt the warm life giving rays of the sun on my cheek. Precious moments indeed, time taken to literally 'smell the roses'.
I left before the midday sun made being outdoors in Miami in July unbearable but I left a better person than I came in. I have duties and responsibilities to home, church and office that keep me very occupied but no longer busy at least not busy for being busy sake. I feel recharged, re-energized: physically, mentally and spiritually. It brought home the reality of something I read, somewhere, sometime:
'I asked God for all things that I may enjoy life. He replied "I gave you life that you may enjoy all things" '
Do you have HWS? What do you intend to do about it? I'd like to hear from you. Peace.
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
This blog reflects MY ongoing Christian journey: insights gained through the Holy Spirit, my experiences, my studies, my relationships. The content of this website is solely that of Deacon Michel du Chaussee, and does not represent the Archdiocese of Miami or any other entity of the Roman Catholic Church in any official capacity. Needless to say, I hope that none of my writings are contrary to the doctrines of faith and morals that are reflected in Sacred Tradition or as taught and guarded by the Magisterium of the Church or to the truths of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
For I take seriously what a very wise man has often said to me:
"Ordination is not license for private practice" - Msgr. A. Andersen