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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Letting Go

I did something which I had wanted to do for quite a while but did not then - I changed the wheels of the blades. The original had gotten worn out from my frequent runs over at the ECP. A total of 8 wheels were replaced with a more sturdy and tougher ones. It made blading much speedier and gave the feeling of flying as the wind, which was blowing steadily this evening, whipped past my face. The change was most welcomed - all S$78.00...

This was my day off and I never felt so free away from my daily duties. For once, I didn't have to worry too much about time and its consequence. If I was late, then I just am. If I am early, that's just a bonus. It the midst of all this, I realised that I never need to be too anxious about most of what I had been doing all this while regarding my ministry.

While I do have my responsibilities to work through and other work to see me through my dying days, I don't have to be caught up with what I can or cannot do, how good I look before the parishioners, whether I live up to anybody's expectation or not.

This realisation is very important to me as I have, for a long while, overburdened myself with too much unnecessary worries and what-nots that I have forgotten to smile! I remembered last weekend a parishioner commented that I don't smile as often as before during my first few months after my ordination. I had forgotten to enjoy life....

It may be difficult to maintain some semblance of this enlightenment, after the day-off finishes and one gets back to the nitty gritty of life. Still, I have tasted its sweet water of what it means to 'let go'. It may not be that bad after all and people are there to be helped whether I think they deserve it or not. So, here goes... letting go.

9 comments:

Audrey Heyzer said...

A wild guess that the brand of your wheels is Kryptonics ?

Aloysius said...

Close! But, no. It's just Supersonic

Janet said...

Hi Father Aloysius,

I have been following your trials and tribulations since discovering your blog a few months ago. I must say that it's heartening to know that priests are human too and face the same sort of struggle that the rest of us go through. I'm an East Coast parishioner in my middle age so I can emphathize with you about 'letting go'. Over the years I have learnt not to sweat the small stuff....live is too short and complicated and what's important at this present moment may become trivial when we look back on our lives 10 or 20 years from now. So sometimes pple may think I am bo-chap or too 'relak' but that's my way of dealing with life's challenges... Now, if someone can kindly tell my husband that....;p

Anonymous said...

Why you don't buy a new pair? to repair $78.00.

So Vain Someone, Huh? What - look good infront of parishoners? Your face been very black you know, worse than haze. nevermind, Middle age people like that wan, I understand.

Anonymous said...

Better learn to let go also. if not i be like you black face maybe i white face, you white hair and you know wat......

Middle age uncles and aunties Mid-Life Crisis.

Thk God Fr Tou, Pat, Chris and ME are fine not forgetting Fr Kenny. but heard his ' Thksgiving Award speech' very funnie - Thk you Ah Gong Ah Ma, Ah lian beng hua......

Nte2

Anonymous said...

Hi Father,

Indeed, to master the art of "letting go" is very difficult and takes alot of perserverance and practice. Very often, we are caught in the hustle and bustle of daily life and its accompanying sins. At the end of the day, we question the purpose of our existence. Is making money that important? Are we living our lives according to the rules of the world or are we living the life that is required of us to live just as Christ has taught us? Christ said "happy are the poor, the hungry, the destitute" Are we radical enough to give up our livelihood and follow his way. Dare we to "let go?" I read somewhere from a book on Zen that we should let our minds be like a mirror, seeing but not retaining, at the end of the day, its is still a mirror reflecting on whatever that happens to appear before it. We do not cling but we let go and live moves on......

Archangel

Young Minstrel said...

wat let go?! SHAVE!!! 70's over liao! u not Francsican ;p

Daniel said...

The lie:
"I don't have time to do everything I'm supposed to do."

The truth:
There is time in every day to do everything that GOD wants me to do."

Got this from a book called "Lies Women Believe and the truth that sets them free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I found that many of the lies are believed by men too.

^__^

Anonymous said...

Fr Terence said at lunchtime mass on wednesday "Do you want to be Poor to be HAPPY?" with regards to the day's readings.

 

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