Greetings, St. Peter’s!
Two things for mediation today:
Prayers: Please do not ignore that voice within you. Many of you are letting me know that there are struggles that you are enduring but are hesitant to share. Please pray for one another and our willingness to share love freely during this most unsettling time. For all the realities that are swirling for you and yours, we pray... for the world around us, we pray. For the spiritual world within us, we also pray.
By way of meditation, I’m going to offer something a little different today... It’s a book recommendation. Many of you know that my undergraduate degrees are in English and Religious Studies, with a minor in Creative Writing. I tend to get lost in "work related" books too often these days. Earlier this summer, I asked all of our staff to set goals for their work and development this year, and I shared with them that I wouldn’t ask them to set goals if I wasn’t doing the same. One of my goals is to read a non-work-related book per quarter. As I shared with the staff, I started with one book a week, then shifted to one per month, and ended up committing to one per quarter. I require that our goals be attainable, and realistically, one non-work-related book per week or month would cause me more stress than I care to admit. Thus, I set the goal for one per quarter. I hope to blow that out of the water (and I’m on track to do so!)