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Wednesday Reflection: November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

Dear Friends,

"In the midst of… immense complexity, my service is radically simple. I do whatever small thing is needed in a given moment with a loving heart." (Gail Straub)

I came across this quote just recently and I thought you might find it as thought-provoking as I did. I don’t know about you, but I am finding myself in the midst of immense complexity. All sorts of projects for Thanksgiving and then Advent, and several other gems in-between. One quite literally needs to stop and take a breath! After I read this quote, I was able to feel good about the service I am able to give to others at this time of year.

If it is radically simple, then I need to remember to do whatever I am able to with great love. No matter how small the service may be, a smile, a cheerful greeting, or a ‘can I help you with that?’, if done with a loving heart, is all that counts. Someone once told me that when you cook, you should never cook in anger. The way you handle the pots and pans, utensils, and food will affect how the food tastes. Since I like to cook, I am always careful to come from a happy place when I prepare meals!

So what is all of this saying? Simple: in the business of our day, there is always room for service that is needed in the moment – done with a loving heart! We all must take care to set boundaries in helping with BIG projects, but when we look at that small interruptions that enter our lives, we should see them as small acts of service. Don’t miss out on them!

Much gratitude to all those who were inspired by my reflection on Thankfulness to show their appreciation to friends and family for just being who they are. And a shout out to those you reached out to me! Thank you again!

Till next week,

Sister Theresita

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