I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Muddy Water

Muddy Water

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
— Alan Watts

Brothers & Sisters,

How many times have you walked away from a situation, find yourself turning back to try and clear it up and only adding fuel to the fire? Is it because we're humans and we want to make sure everything is ok before we give it our sign-off? Perhaps. I think a lot of us want to believe that we live in this perfectly precious world that we control and where everything is perfectly fine. The sooner you realize that this world doesn't actually exist the better off you'll be.

The reality is that we are human; we have emotions, passions, wills, and intellects. Sometimes we can feel like we're living in a state of bliss and perfection but that notion is a house made of straw, and if we're not aware of that then our world seems to crumble around us when the slightest breeze comes along. I don't think we need to live a defensive lifestyle, but I definitely feel that we should be living a life that is filled with awareness. Yes, this moment is lovely, enjoy it, and embrace it but always be wary that tomorrow morning when you wake up, there might be a new trial for you to work through.

Speaking of working through the trials and tribulations of life. Be mindful enough that there are some things you cannot fix, so stop trying. Some things take your ability to walk away and leave them be for some time. And you might not ever go back to it, and that's ok. The realization that you cannot fix everything is an important and heavy one to accept. Focus on you, make sure you're in the right place and then decide if the water is always going to be muddy.

You cannot be the world's mechanic, so please stop trying to fix everything.

Yours,
Jeff

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