I first titled this blog, "How to be a good mom, spouse, and pastor". But are any of those roles like climbing a ladder and getting closer and closer to the top? Possible to measure or to arrive? I didn't think so either.
This week, I was one of a community of 14 that learned to pay attention, which is a whole lot better than being good at something.
If you are clergy, you would miss the chance of a lifetime if you avoid an EQ/HR workshop. And if possible, do it soon so you can experience Roy Oswald, who appears to me to be 120 years old, despite his wisdom, and his flexibility when he leads yoga.
It might be impossible to describe the week that is now finished, along with the community of clergy it fostered and now dismissed.
All in all, we learned to pay attention. I never realized a feeling precedes a thought. I am more of a thinker than a feeler (and if you are the opposite, you are in the majority). Pay attention to the feelings that bring about thoughts, which then bring about actions (or no action).
One week in deep community, paying attention to the gift of relationship with each other and the creator of us all, left each of us a bit tired out, which is why I'm on a patio on Lake Carlos at Mount Carmel Ministries. Going away for one week reminded me of so many things, one of which is what it feels like to recharge. First, to just be.
I FEEL tired. I THINK it's time to rest.