It is difficult to put something down here these days, as I find myself loss for words and facing a lack of inspiration of any sorts. This is mostly due to the working condition and the zoo-like situation that continues to plague this parish. It is not that all the people here are not acting like mature humans or adults. It is only a few. But it just take these few to 'reap a hurricane' that brings no one any good. Everything now becomes 'personal'. There is nothing objective about whatever gripes that has came out of this parish anymore. It has also come to a point that I myself have gotten somewhat personal in firefighting all this - that's how bad all this has boil down too. But I have still managed to stay a good part away from the fray and keeping as mature and objective as possible, though the difficulty remains. I know so because I did step on some people's toes...
But this posting isn't going to be all morose and sombre all the way. I don't want to waste any more words with the ministry in my parish. There are and continue to be uplifting elements in life that brightens up the day and point to the silver lining under the clouds where the mischievious traces of God's smile lie awaiting for anyone who can look beyond their daily troubles, foibles and toil.
One gem that I encountered had inevitably to do with my iPad. It is an ebook of sorts with a slight twist offered from Moving Tales. Their first offering is a tale, "The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross", describing "... the journey of a poor pedlar woman who, guided by the shifting line between the real and the unreal, discovers a surprising and wonderful treasure." Reading that ebook form of story which came up in sophisticated 3D animation with voiceover effect, can bring back the joy of story telling and reading for anyone. It is one of the outstanding iPad apps currently worth getting at US$4.99.
Its moral of the story is that you don't need to go very far to find your treasure. It can very well be in your own backyard. This Pedlar story also reminds me of another longer story of P Coelho, The Alchemist, which tells of a shepherd boy searching for a treasure (meaning of life) and subsequently finds the answer he was looking for back at his home, after travelling all over the lands in search for it.