The grains of sand on Waikiki Beach, the stars in Andromeda Galaxy — those numbers are humbled by the number of tasks waiting on my TO DO list. Do I despair? No. Am I dismayed? Occasionally! Yet joy keeps welling up — not because I work more, harder, and smarter; and not because others offer help. Getting more done does not significantly decrease my number of tasks. In fact, the number increases regardless of how much gets done. What gives me joy is knowing there is really only one task for us and it is easy; our burden, light: to welcome heaven into our lives. The divine possibility is ever present. Even as I write these words, dirty dishes wait quietly in the kitchen sink. Cleaning them is a task but it is not the task. When I remember that, I look eagerly for the good. I am one happy dishwasher!
As always Danny, you share such thought provoking stuff. Maybe I need to let the dishes sit awhile too…🙏🏽
The world needs more happy dishwashers 🙂
Danny, great reflection — mundane, insight, humor, and God’s ever-present Grace. May I forward to St. Paul’s potential writers? The writing workshop went well on Saturday. 18 participants. Yes, it produced yet more work, but it brought Heaven’s fresh air and creative energy to all. … When I led an activity on Lectio Divina at the workshop, I encouraged participants to look beyond the process with scripture and find the divine in what they see and hear as well. I think about it as Perceptio Divina — finding inspiration in what we see and hear in all the world around us — after all, God made it — no matter how hard we try to screw it up. Your pictures and reflections open heart and mind to this larger vision of God in all things!
Nice! Oh can I relate! But Danny don’t soak the sharp knife and scissors or they will very soon not cut…. making your tasks using them frustrating instead of a pleasure.