Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Daily Grind

A few years ago, when I was writing a monthly newsletter, I had a column on Saints.  I was raised Lutheran, and we didn't talk about Saints.  As an adult, I became interested in the lives of the apostles of Jesus.  In my research, I found a book entitled 365 Saints:  Your Daily Guide To The Wisome and Wonder Of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker.  I became fascinated with this book about normal people and how their faith, their actions, their teachings and their just being have been recognized by the Catholic Church. 

The saint for today, August 13th, is St Benildus.  The title of the short essay is The Daily Grind.  Truth be told, my first thoughts went to coffee - I am a Seattle Starbucks kinda gal afterall.  Anyway, the first sentence in the essay asks "Do you sometimes feel you just can't stand another minute of the same old thing?"  Oh yeah, been there, done that.  Sometimes life is like that.  You get up, you go to work, you come home, you fix dinner, you sit for a bit, and you go to bed, only to wake up and do the same thing over and over.  And then you wonder why.  Sometimes we get the answer to that question, and sometimes we don't.  But there is something to be said for dedication to doing the same old same old.  The lives we touch.  The examples we set.  The care we give to what we do.  These all are meaningful acts.

The author of the essay finishes with this thought:

" St Benildus shows us it isn't the monumental highlights that make a saint.  It's daily life.  The sacrifices we make for our loved ones, the discipline we exercise in doing our jobs, even when we don't feel like it - these are the actions that transform our souls.  These are the actions that can change ordinary life from a daily grind into a heavenly experience."

So, sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee (or beverage of your choice) and look for ways to transform this day, and every day, into a positive experience.