Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Starting Over (Again)

One way of knowing if you should go back to doing something that takes some effort and that you stopped doing is that it keeps popping back into your mind, not as something that you're glad you stopped doing, but rather as something that you probably should still be doing. It's apparently a manifestation of our human condition, whereby the drive to virtue, or duty, or the pursuit of what's good and worthwhile when it comes to your talents and interests, even if time-consuming and hard to maintain, edges us forward in almost indiscernable ways until a tipping point is reached and we go "Okay already!"

Today is one of those tipping point days. It's been too long since my last confession.... uhhh, I mean entry.

There are lots of things that I would like to think about and think through when it comes to the world of Lasallian life, and this is as good a place as any to do so. The fact that such thinking and reflection is done in a public forum is not done to feed the ego (at least that's my hope and perhaps personal deception) but rather to keep my reflections focused to some extent. It's a bit more daunting to write in a blog than it is to write in a personal journal. You have to keep your grammar in check, at the very least, and you have to be somewhat circumspect because what you write will have a long live in cyberspace.

The other thing encouraging this re-adventure is the fact that, few as they are, several former readers have urged me to do so. So I guess that it's a part of what my ministry should include, insofar as I've always admired De La Salle's openness to doing those things that others asked him to do.

I won't commit to daily or weekly entries; just as they occur along the journey.

Thought for today: In my class with the novices yesterday on the life of the Founder, I was once again struck by his style of leadership among the motley crew that he'd gathered around himself. His leadership was based on kindness, on listening a lot, on communicating candidly but gently, and on a whole bunch of prayer. He didn't look for leadership, but others readily bestowed it on him. I think this was primarily because they knew that they would be safe within his arms, as it were.

Sounds like some of the psalms, doesn't it?