Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Open for Discussion

It has been a strange last few days. In this journal, I have refrained from posting 'rants' or detailed personal information - for the most part - because I want it to be a place where people feel as if their presence in this community is valued and that their contributions are not only important, but crucial. I also want this journal to be a place where all people can feel safe to voice themselves, while at the same time not be afraid to discuss universal concepts of morality/religion/right & wrong.

I mention this only because I want people to realize that this site is not intended to preach, but rather provoke discussion. I will attempt to do better in future posts to encourage civil and intelligent conversation.

My day today has been strange. I came in to work today expecting a tough meeting with my supervisor, only because I fell behind in some work, but instead found myself treated to a pleasant and collegial discussion. In part, I think I need to be calmer, more relaxed, and less worried about being judged by my supervisor. She is very good at what she does, determined, and fair. I need not worry, she will treat me well. At any rate, for today's reflection, see below.


In my prayer this morning, I recited the verse, "Help us to begin this day joyfully in your name and to spend it in loving service of you and our fellow man."

That sounds simple, but I know it is something I find so hard to do. Whether you believe in God or not, we cannot do wrong by spending our days in loving service of our fellow man. To serve is a naturally humble act, and in the course of developing humility we set aside pride, prejudice, and selfishness in favor of quiet dedication and a spirit of loving sacrifice.

I find doing this a distinct challenge. Do you? Are you able to spend your days focused on loving service of your friends, family and neighbors? I find myself too trapped by the world on some days, sucked into and endless barrage of tasks, projects, meetings and discussions. By the time I arrive home at night it can be a chore to even be charitable to my wife, who certainly deserves it. I find loving service very rewarding when I can devote my day to it, but I struggle in making it a priority in my character. How does loving service of others fit into your life?

Talk with you all soon,