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

Useless

Useless

Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless.
— Niccolò Machiavelli

Brothers & Sisters,

I firmly believe that if you cannot think of others in the actions that you take daily, then you are no better off than the rock you see sitting on the side of the road ready to be swept away or kicked a few feet down the street by some passerby. That notion might sound harsh but give it some thought for a minute. The idea that nothing or no-one else matters, but yourself is one that I, to this very day, cannot comprehend.

The other day I was cut off in traffic, and I could feel the temperature in me rise, and then their license plate frame caught my eye: “be nice to me, I’m a nurse.” I was blown away, first by the act of cutting me off and secondly that this person had a license plate frame that was in direct conflict of the action they just committed. You see life requires effort, outward action, and we are the ones who choose whether that action is a good one or otherwise. We cannot live inside a bubble and will often need to depend on others or at the very least work with them in some capacity. How we treat people is just as important as how we treat ourselves.

I have a hard time understanding how some people can be so self-centered. How can they not see that dependency on each other is a thread that has been woven through all of our lives? We all know the person that feels like they’re entirely invaluable to a process that they think they can act however, they feel because to lose them would be a detriment to the organization. Sure, the organization would slow down a little bit, but in time they’d move on, right? So why even think that way? Why not think about those whom you work with, how you can help them be better at their jobs, help them understand complicated situations that might come quickly to you?

I have a hard time putting a human value on someone who is at the center of their universe. I’m unsure where they came up with that notion, and you can almost count down the time until they get knocked down a peg or two. Humility is a heck of a thing and something we all could probably use a dose of from time to time. So the next time you’re about to whine about something, stop and think for a minute about whether or not it’s productive for you to do so or can you solve the problem in another way.

Yours,
Jeff

My Peace

My Peace

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Fall Apart