Heading home for the holidays is something most people look forward to. However, it can be stressful if there are more people to visit than time allows. Here are a few suggestions to consider when deciding how to spend your time:
One of my best friends decided to work full- time in an audio library for the music industry after our first year of college. I reasoned with her, earnestly explaining that she needed to stay in college to be successful. Fortunately, she ignored my advice, and ended up crafting a career that was highly rewarding on a personal basis as well as being one that provided her with financial security. Although loved ones can provide feedback in the discernment process, we can’t choose the paths for others.
Holiday dinners commonly provoke a round or two of family feuding. Whether it’s about the menu, the venue, the guest list or the topics of conversation, someone often seems to get his or her nose out of joint. What should be cause for celebration becomes cause for irritation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you realize someone doesn’t like you? It’s normal. You’ll hear people say, “You can’t be liked by everyone,” and that’s true, but it doesn’t make it feel any better when it’s happening to you.
Be determined. If you are willing, my son, you will be taught, and if you apply yourself you will become clever. If you love to listen you will gain knowledge, and if you incline your ear you will become wise. (Sir 6:32-33)
Since your boss is busy, ask what you can do to lighten his/her load. Don’t be a pest, but be pleasantly persistent. Be observant and look for opportunities. Seek advice and perspectives from experienced co-workers. “Pursue wisdom like a hunter, and lie in wait on her paths.” (Sir 14:22)
More than ever, there is a great need for healing in our world. So much so that Pope Francis declared 2016 as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our pastor recently encouraged everyone in our parish to fast and pray every Wednesday until the end of the year. The purpose is to pray for the Lord’s mercy upon our nation.
My husband and I embraced this charge. And on the first day of fasting, we didn’t just get our feet wet; we dove in. We went full-force – no food, just liquids. If the nation needs healing, we are here to fast it into shape!
It was brutal.