I sit out on my terrace with the overhanging Gul Mohur tree. As I sip my coffee and enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich , I realize that I am actually beginning to smell the coffee.
The past two months have been so hectic, that there was just no time to stand (or sit)and stare. November and December vanished like the wind.
Memories flood back, and I savor all the visitors from far and near and specially my family visiting from London. Our home was so full , that naturally we were all out of our comfort zones but still happy. A hasty hunt would either help discover things I needed or leave me dazed at being unable to do so.
It was a mix of meetings, both serious and also of fun. Travel became a part of this time, when we visited our home town in Goa. There was a week end at Matheran a hill station. And I did get an opportunity to walk ( a really long walk) with a Brother from London and was so fatigued that I also lost my favorite Nike cap. The most beautiful moment I treasure was to see my dining table surrounded by all my children and also two grandchildren. An eventful birthday celebration was preparing a ‘go jetters’ cake for my 4 year old grandson; he celebrated it with a few friends and later with the orphan children at Mother Teresa’s Asha Dhaan. My second daughter’s, birthday was eventful as her special friend proposed to her and there was an engagement the next day, in the presence of our two immediate families.
I wonder how these months passed. Christmas was so eventful ; there were moments of quietness in the Advent Recollection , Joyful Thanksgiving services, Children’s Christmas parties, and one of the first ever…when the Eucharist was celebrated in the neighbourhood Cross Oratory for those of our sick and aged members who are unable to attend the church services.
These were times I was called upon to help in different ways. It was challenging but rewarding.
Then the New Year started with a bang!
We had our own Community Council meetings and Team meetings followed by presenting the Thrust for year 2018 for my church community. Through this also, it was only the Lord that I could rely for guidance .
And now as I gaze up to the widespread branches with the leaves providing cover from the midmorning sun, I see the pigeons, crows, wood barbets, all at peace.
Do they ever have a fast paced life? I see them preening their feathers. The crow cawing lazily. The wood barbet carefully observing me , a little away from the little round hole he pecked away in the bark, some days ago.
Looks like its time for his family to begin.
Then I remember this quote from St Bernadette to her Sisters
“ Do not just be a channel for grace, but a reservoir, an overflowing reservoir. No sooner has a channel received grace than it pours it out. A reservoir waits to be filled up and then offers grace to those who come to draw from its superabundance.
If you do not act wisely, you exhaust yourself in senseless work.” (The Private Notes from the book ‘ A Holy Life – The Writings of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes’)
Yes it makes sense to “smell the coffee” , with a friend and at times even when you are alone.
But really, are you ‘alone’ ?
‘ And know that I am with you always; to the end of time.’ ( Matthew 28:20b)
So the next time you have your coffee ( or even tea) savour the moment, listen……. and
……. and let your thoughts flow…………..
let your thoughts flow…………..