I’ve often said my life feels like a hamster wheel — some days more than others. Racing through work, juggling my son’s schedule, managing grad school homework and writing my thesis are just a few daily challenges. Free time? What’s that? I own two new DVDs I haven’t even taken out of the shrinkwrap yet. I know God won’t give me more than I can handle, but as Mother Teresa once said, I sometimes wish He didn’t trust me so much!
There is irony as I perform my daily tasks. I’ve been unable to maintain the treadmill workout I started in January, due to lingering effects from early-February’s bout of pneumonia. The irony is compounded by the fact that my thesis topic includes the study of illness narratives. Perhaps the up-close and personal nature of experiencing illness that won’t go away is meant to provide a deeper understanding of the topic.
I’ll watch my troll get some exercise on the hamster wheel and know that for now, at least, walking by faith and not by sight, are enough.
This morning I perused quotes of Mother Teresa. This afternoon, I see she’s been on your mind too. While you watch the wheels spin, you might consider another of her gems:
“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are.
“Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.”
Keep trusting God to shine a light unto the path. You’re not alone. Your posts enlighten!
Thanks for your comments, Wendy. It is encouraging to find, yet again, that we are kindred spirits! (Did you read Anne of Green Gables?) I am also inspired by the stages of life of the Prov. 31 “Super Woman.” A friend once reminded me that she didn’t do all she did in one day either. Some days are just more full than others. I need to remember that there is a time and place for everything!
(Finding time to post to my blog needs to be more of a priority. I love the dialogue that ensues!)
Me too! (On the many counts: being an Anne fan and scripture-inspired woman, finding time to post more – i.e. share reflections – and enjoying the results.)