Hi friends! I was scheduled to blog last week and dropped the ball, so this week you get two posts!
Before I get to my reflection, though, I want to invite you to check out our updated about page (complete with a beautiful biography sheet, made by Claire, which you can print if you’re so inclined). You can friend us or like us on Facebook as well, and of course you’re invited to the first community dinner, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20 at St. Stephen’s.
We are in the midst of figuring out our life together, but we are always open to suggestions on how to best connect with the greater community, so please don’t hesitate to give feedback or ask questions.
I once watched a video of volunteers from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization similar to ESC, speaking about their experience doing a year of service, and one observation that struck me was this: “Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to do the dishes.”
- Kathy running home to get sheets because I brought the wrong size for my bed
- A mentor taking a mentee out to coffee or dropping off some things for us
- Convincing housemates with cars to drive to Dairy Queen late at night
- Wanting dark chocolate to take for lunch for a few weeks, not being able to fit it in the grocery budget, and then being surprised with more chocolate than we know what to do with
- Housemates that pre-cut vegetables so it’s easier to pack lunches in the morning
- A supervisor finding out that a Sycamore was sleeping on a borrowed pillowcase and insisting on a trip to HomeGoods
- A choice of color in library cards
- A borrowed bicycle
There are many, many more examples that I could give, but I’ll stop there for now. One of my prayers this year is that I do the metaphorical dishes with a cheerful heart and that I see what needs to be done. And even when it feels like I should be doing something more important? Sometimes, what really needs to be done are the dishes.