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I am tired

Last week I spoke about feeling like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Today, even more than that day, I feel that way. I feel more tired than last time though. I have these blips on my radar lately that pick me up, make me smile, and help me to understand that life is great but the past few weeks have been trying mentally. The last thing I want is this to become a sob story and for you to feel bad for me. Quite the opposite in fact. I want you to know that it is ok to not feel amazing each and every single day.


I was listening to a podcast today, and Father James Martin was talking about his vocation story and how when he was working at GE he felt like a square peg in a round hole. That statement sent shivers down my spine. I can't help but feel the same these days.

The longest mile

Keeping with the theme from the past few posts about empowering yourself I’ve been thinking about what it means to go the extra mile whether in our personal or professional lives. The above quote speaks volumes to me as I feel like there aren’t enough people who decide to take that extra step in whatever it is that they’re doing. Perhaps they think about it but something draws them away from jumping over the wall and going for it. I wonder why that is. Are you scared of the unknown? I’d make the argument that we venture into the unknown all the time, but a lot of the time it’s in such small fractions that you don’t even realize it. The times where it’s a big jump into the deep end is where we often stop and back away from the edge.

Sunday Reflection XII

As I sit here on Sunday night writing this reflection I can't help but be thankful that I made it through this week with my mental faculties intact. The first week of school is always an interesting one. Some years are slow and other years it seems like every day you walk into a new issue. This year was somewhere in between but with everything else that is going on with my team this week seemed more stressful than previous years. There are a lot of things vying for my attention right now as far as work is concerned and it's forced me to become very good at separating my work and my life outside of work.

Selfishness in Education

I shouldn't be shocked that I work with people that I dread having to talk to. I think we all have worked with people like this at one point or another. The person that always says no to a request before you're even done asking for something, the person that doesn't return calls or emails but continues to email and call you, etc. These folks make me suffer on a daily basis. I'd argue that working at a University with these types of people magnifies this suffering even more so. Allow me to explain.


Don't ever believe you don't have enough time to begin something. You always have enough time to start. While you might not ever complete, (size and scope might matter here) what's significant is that you took the first step. Sometimes after that first step, we realize we're on a fool's errand. This is when you need to course correct, learn and progress on to the next thing. Failure isn't something to get down on yourself about. Find the good in the bad and move on. This is true for everything in life not just our ideas or dreams.

Rethink your Approach

I was having a conversation with a friend recently who expressed the dread of having to speak with his superior at work. The gist of it was that his superior was a royal pain the butt, know it all who valued his own opinion more than anyone else's on his team. Sounds tough right? I am sure we've all had this kind of person in our life at some point or another. It's not easy, probably makes our skin crawl when presented with the challenge of speaking with this person and I think our predisposition is to go headlong into the bear trap without stopping first.

A Guide for those not Discerning (Part 1)

I'm a 36 year old discerning a call to the vocation of priesthood. I get a lot of questions every day and I thought I'd compile a list of the questions I get a lot and try and give you some answers or insight into what this all means. This list isn't comprehensive and really just encompasses the most popular questions I get. I am sure there will be another post made as I travel down this road of discernment. Enjoy!

Wash Away.

I had a fairly trying week. Between work being busy (not a bad thing), starting to plan out my team reviews for this year and their goals for next year, some spirituality struggles and doing online courses my head is just kind of in go-go-go mode. One can only stay in this mode for so long before they begin to feel stretched thin.