Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Don't leave before the end

We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. — Bill Watterson

I ate lunch with George Aschenbrenner SJ last week, and when all the Lenten links started to pour into my Facebook feed and inbox, I remembered a piece of his advice that a long ago retreat director had passed along to a group of us in mid-retreat:  Don't start packing up until it's time to leave.  Don't let your mind wander ahead to "after retreat," but keep immersed in the graces of the moment.

So today I've not been leaping ahead into Lent, either by planning a steak dinner or by starting my Lenten reading (though the book is on my desk).  I've haven't packed my bags for the desert quite yet, but am trying to keep a measure of the ordinary for this last day.

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