Our souls are like a cup. They get filled when we experience that which brings us peace and joy. They empty as we serve to meet the needs of those around us. You can’t pour out what you don’t have.
So, when you spend your day moving from task to task, you can start to run a little low – pouring out your cup. When we run a little low, the things that bring us joy can become a source of irritation. Irritation can lead to anger. Anger can lead to isolation. We all need to take time to “fill up” our cups – our souls.
One way to do this, as I mentioned last week, is to invite Christ into the busyness of your day. He will shoulder the burden for us, if we only ask. This is the saving power of the cross.
Another way to do this is to allow yourself to be quiet. Disconnect. Shut off. Re-boot. The digital age has made this more and more difficult, but it needs to happen for our own sanity. Allow yourself to take a “Technology Sabbath,” a term I learned on Monday at our Sustaining the Mission session. A Technology Sabbath forces us to be disengaged in order to “fill up,” much like a good hour at Mass can help us “fill up.” Silence allows us to get in tune with ourselves, so that we can better understand what God wants from us. You can’t do that in the noise of our day to day.
So, how about giving that a try? It will be difficult the tighter you are bound to your devices, but the agitation will disappear. You may even like it.
You might even prefer it.
Let us not forget, that our children need to do this too.
Jill Fischer is the Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School.