What do I DO?
When I was a parish pastor, I got that question alot.
"What do you DO?"
Most would answer the question before me.
"You only work one day a week!" Haha.
Retirement does not take away the question.
If anything, it explodes.
"So what do you do all day?" she asked.
It came with an air of judgment.
Justify your existence before me.
We value the doing.
When asked the difference between the pace of life
in America vs. her native country of New Zealand,
a woman responded, "America is built for work, New Zealand is built for living."
It was another way of saying....doing vs. being.
What I am learning is that...we are indeed consumers.
We value doing. We value productivity. We treat everything including time in
Quantitative terms. Waste time. Make time. Manage time.
What do I DO all day?
I am grateful. I measure the quality of my days by the quantity of my thanksgivings.
The days I struggle the most with the value of my existence....
The days I trip over myself trying to answer the question, "So what do you DO all day?"...
Those are the days when I forget that I am grateful.