Here are some reflections by oblate Bruce B — very fitting for a time of year when we reflect on how we most want to live our lives, especially regarding how our spirituality might inform the shape of our work lives:
There was a time when I worked 60-90 hrs a week and a couple of things turned my life around. The first was learning to say “no.” Whenever I said no to excessive need for my time I felt stronger or more empowered. No, helped to set healthy boundaries for myself and it caused others to respect my time.
I also began repeating every waking minute for an entire year, “God performs that which I am called to do.” After a year another Bible verse popped into my thoughts, “of my own self [meaning my false self] I can do nothing.”
Also during this year I was continuously invited by the Holy Spirit to slow down. All year long I would slow my life down only to find I was still going fast and to slow down more. In the end I learned that the speed of my human busyness was preventing me from seeing the speed of God. In God’s time everything is already done. When I became more in line with God’s ways I found that when I would arrive at a destination to do a task the work was already done.