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

My Peace

My Peace

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.
— Sylvia Plath

Brothers & Sisters,

I have a weekly phone call with a dear friend of mine, and we dive into all sorts of topics and discussions, and it’s perhaps one of the times I look forward to the most each week. This past week he asked me something along the lines of what my peace is. What a question that was! I’ve been thinking about it ever since he asked me.

In short, my answer revolved around me placing the needs of others before me and the notion of humility being a thread that runs throughout my life. This new position in life removed a giant weight from my shoulders, and I felt very much at peace, like I was home, and like I was doing the right and proper thing. Even just thinking about that puts me at ease and a smile finds its way across my face. This action comes in many forms, whether it is holding the door for someone, smiling at someone on the street, saying hello to a stranger that makes eye contact with me, or calling folks randomly and checking in. I look back on my life, and I’m unsure if I have ever been this happy. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my joy with others, and the idea of bringing some light to someone who might need it in the darkness feels like what I’m supposed to be doing.

I appreciate engaging conversations where each party listens to the other and sometimes just nods but other times might challenge a notion or ask some follow up questions. When I can challenge someone to see something from a different perspective, you can see the gears turning in their head. And when they get it, it’s a fantastic feeling for both parties.

Life should be one that is lived with inner peace, and a joy that is only found when you know you’re home and on the right path. You’ll know it when you see it, and if I could find it, you definitely can. More on this in the coming days as I meditate on finding that path and knowing you’re on it.

Yours,
Jeff

You are good to me

You are good to me

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