It has been nearly a month since the last post at the Retreat. I have been in silent contemplation of life and meditation abut things that have gone on over the last year. Many people believe, as I found out watching my father deal with parishioners, that the minster or priest has all of the answers and has their life completely in order. In many cases, this is not the truth and the minster moves forward with their calling in spite of the world around them and not because of it.
Many times in our life, there are moments when we have a choice between going forward or taking a minute at the side of the pathway to rest and recharge. Many people, Americans especially, take this as a sign of weakness and push forward. While this often harms families, it harms the person more. Even an extrovert, who thrives on challenge and people, has to recharge their system and put things into perspective. Whether it is quiet contemplation or driving yourself forward up a mountain, perspective is vitally important.
That being said, I have returned from the gardens of the retreat. I am not fully recharged nor fully rested but the steps that take me down the pathway I am on must begin again.