Friday, October 11, 2013

October Occurrences

     Well...I know...it has been a while since I have posted anything.  Trust me, it is not because I lack insight or am unable  to write a complete sentence.  I have not posted lately because it seems that every time I get started, I get interrupted with "here is one more thing you need to do" or "this needs to be done now."
     As most of you know, our world today seems obsessed with forms, busy work, lack of real communication, and the me attitude.  We, as people in society and as consumers, allow the influence of what I like to call "fluff-stuff waste" to overpower our lives.
     What am I talking about?  First, I am talking about how there seems to be a form for everything.  Just think about how many forms you fill out in a month.  I mean--count them up! I am not just talking about paper forms; I am also talking about online forms.  There are even forms to have forms emailed to you. Recently, the United States government has made it mandatory for all people to have health insurance. Guess what?  When people tried to access sites to get the needed information to fill out the necessary forms, the site was overloaded and was not available.  To me, there seems to be a form for everything.  Are we really a better person and society because we fill out forms?  I suppose I really think that most forms are busy work that allow someone to justify a job that is really not necessary.  Instead of forging on we are forming on!
     Thus, I come to my thoughts on busy work.  Busy work seems to abound almost everywhere.  Even recreational clubs and organizations have a meeting to discuss meeting dates.  How many meetings are filled with items that should take a few minutes to discuss but turn into an hour or more worth of unnecessary time spent repeating or rehashing simple items.  As a society, we seem to be into meeting mania but lack focus and purpose.  It is sad that so many folks out there feel the need to justify life with mandatory meeting mania. Perhaps more people should find a meaningful hobby to occupy their time and lead them toward fulfillment.
     While I think about it, it seems that people find no fulfillment is face to face communication.  In the past month, I do not remember one person confronting me face to face when they wanted something.  It is really rather easy to email someone whatever you want because you do not have to deal with an immediate response nor do you have to deal with seeing their emotions.  Emailing and text messaging are not equal to talking!  We no longer have a personal touch to life.
     The lack of the personal touch to life brings me to my last point.  We are all in this world together, and we are all part of the big picture.  We need to start acting like we are people and not computers.  We need to stop allowing people to justify their "self" by cluttering our lives with their me attitude.
     It always seems that just when I am on a rant, then something comes along and reminds me that those little things are really not important in regard to the big picture.  One day when I was just about sick of  the "me attitude" that abounded around me, I saw this inspiring sight in the sky above me and could not help but take a picture of it. The message it seemed to give me that day was that I need to check the box next to "don't sweat the small stuff" rather than checking the box next to "take care of this now".  Despite all of the "fluff-stuff waste," God always seems to take the time to remind me to focus on the right things!  If God is at the top of the list, the rest just does not matter.
 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I Wonder

I know that I wanted snow because we had barely had a dusting prior to the last couple of weeks; however, I think that I have had enough. After shoveling yesterday's wet snow, I am ready for spring.  There just was not much of any way to move the snow.  Oh well, we really needed the moisture because we are still way behind from the summer.

I do love snow, but I also love warm weather.  I really miss wearing sandals and shorts, but I am sure winter will roar a little more before it moves out.  After all, snow flurries have gone on all day today.  This is good old Missouri, and one can just never really predict what the weather will do next. About the only thing a person can do is just go with whatever Mother Nature has in store for tomorrow--but I still wonder what tomorrow's weather will be like.

I Wonder about the future of the Catholic Church

Farewell Pope Benedict XVI

On a more serious note--I wonder about the future.  The future that I am talking about is the future of the Catholic Church regarding the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict's Morning Prayer

In his final General Audience this morning, a warm and encouraging good-bye message, Pope Benedict mentioned a simple prayer that he recommends saying every morning. You can tell that it was an old, familiar prayer--the sort of thing a child would learn in a devout family.

I heard this prayer before and know that there are a couple of different versions.  I presumed that it was written by some priest, nun, or saint.  Now I see that it was the morning prayer of the ordinary families of Catholic Europe, prayed in Bavaria as well as in northern Italy.

Here's how it goes:

I adore you my God, and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian and kept me this night.
I offer you my actions of this day. Grant that they all may be according to your holy Will.
May your grace be always with me, and with all my dear ones.
Amen.

And, here's the nighttime version:

I adore you my God, and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian and kept me this day.
Pardon me the evil I have committed, and if I have done some good, accept it.
Take care of me while I sleep, and deliver me from dangers.
May your grace be always with me, and with all my dear ones.
Amen.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Not So Wonderful Winter!

      Yes, I am always amazed at the games that good old Mother Nature seems to play on all of us who live in Missouri.  The last few days have been a bit too cool for my taste.  When the high for the day is below freezing, it is too cold for me. I know what some of you are thinking...some would say it could always be colder than it is...or look at such and such place that is 15 below zero.  I do kind of agree.  I need to remember to count my blessings and be happy with the weather that we have.
The first real snow of 2013!
      I know that Missouri weather can go from 50 to 20 in a matter of hours, and the temperature can also go from 20 to 50 overnight.  I suppose I should not complain about what I think is too cold because the weather is not one of those things that I can control. I wish I could control the weather on those "too cold" days.  Since I am not able to control the weather, I have to reflect on the fact that tomorrow could be a total change from today.
       When the bitter cold is chilling me to the bone, I sometimes think of Shakespeare's description of the cold that people of his day experienced.
William Shakespeare

Winter

(From "Love's Labour's Lost")
When icicles hang by the wall,
    And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
    And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
                Tu-whit;
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
    And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
    And Marion’s nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
                Tu-whit;
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
--William Shakespeare