- I am in a new job.
- I am not 40, I am 61, and I feel every second of it.
- My hobby of the last 10 years, running, is O-V-E-R.
- Nothing else much appeals.
As I see it, I have been given the opportunity for new life. It is time for new things. The old things won’t work. Remember the parable about the new wine in the old wineskin? Or the patch of unshrunk cloth on the old garment? (Matthew 9:16-17) I think that is where I am.
I need to find new things. New ways of fitness, not running, no races. I have a race on August 10, and I do believe that will be it for me. I am only doing it because I want the medal, it is cute, a gold pan. I want to do Tai Chi, but can’t find a class even remotely close to me. And the classes that are far are expensive.
The blog I think has seen better days. I cannot continue to come here and write about my job every day.
I can write about “topics,” but those cannot be done on the spur of the moment on a daily basis. Today I would love to write about the Pope and what he is being quoted as saying – as if it were a departure of some sort from church teaching. I’ll just say it in one sentence: It is not a departure. I guess you would need to have an understanding of church teaching to understand that. I could write about that, but then I would need to drag my catechism out and find the appropriate paragraphs.
Actually, I wouldn’t have to “drag” it out. It is sitting right here at my desk after flying out of my bookcase on Sunday afternoon. I was in my bedroom on a perfectly silent Sunday afternoon. No one else in the house. I heard a loud bam! from the living room – I came out and the catechism was about 3 feet away from the bookcase, splayed open at the section on the Trinity. That’s not spooky, right?
I have another long day ahead. I think they will get better after this week. I have got major staff stuff going on. Here’s something that was nice to hear: At the retirement party for the woman who is leaving, her husband told me that she would not have retired if she had known I was coming back. I said “She can change her mind!!! Really!!!” He said that she had her paperwork in and didn’t want to go through all of that. I am glad for her that she is able to retire. But I am sad for me because she is the backbone of my department, not to mention that fact that I know, trust, and love her.
I’m extremely tired and I am sure that shows in the words I have written here today. How ’bout I pray for you all today, and ask you to do the same for me?
Sounds like a plan.