Burned Out

I was feeling exhausted. Overwhelmed. Stressed. Working too hard in all areas of my life, I was pretty much burned out. I had been running on empty for far too long. I kept praying that I would get the rest I needed during my upcoming vacation.
We started our vacation with a retreat. I had wanted to end with the retreat, hoping it would send me home in a peaceful frame of mind. However, we couldn’t get the dates to work out right so on day one of our trip, we drove up to a Trappist monastery in Georgia to begin a retreat on the Eucharist. I couldn’t wait to get there.
We arrived a little too early so we stopped at the Catholic gift store they have there. There were a lot of books there, so naturally I gravitated to that section of the store. I looked at one of the first shelves of books I saw and a little book grabbed my attention.
It was called, “The Art of Pausing, Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed.”(by Judith Valente, Brother Paul Quenon and Michael Bever)
Honest. I am not kidding.
I quickly thumbed through it and just knew I had to have it. So I bought it and it has brought me comfort and fed my soul.
I am still reading it. A little at a time. There is no need to rush.
So, if I ever think that God does not care about the little bitty stuff I go through in my daily life, I just need to remember that day.
And that book.

2 Responses »

  1. God knows what we need and prepares it for us. That book was ready for you! But if you hadn’t planned and gone to the retreat, you would have missed out on it. So, as St. Therese said, “Everything is grace.” Grace to desire a retreat, grace to plan and go, grace to receive the gift. What a great example this story is!

  2. Amen, Barb! I love that quote but often forget it when I most need it. Thank you!

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