Last week I found out my reduced hours and working-from-home situation has been extended and the soonest I will be back to full-time employment is January.
Though even that isn’t certain.
Living through a pandemic sucks, am I right? But then dying is worse, so who am I to complain?
The fact remains I was feeling a little down last week. Not so much from staying at home (I’m a natural-born homebody), nor by the decreased work schedule (a lazy homebody, at that). I was feeling down because I had a sinking suspicion I should do something about my situation, when my normal course of action is to fly by the seat of my pants.
So as I sat there wondering what to do and feeling a wee bit anxious, I got an email from Sister Ade.
If you remember, I wrote about Sister Ade a couple weeks ago in Moving from Small to Whole. What I didn’t mention at the time was that I wrote her a quick email telling her how much I appreciated her article – the one I had quoted in my post. She responded, first to verify I was the person she met last October (I was) and once verified, to ask if I might be willing to help her in a project. Of course I jumped at the chance because, duh, it’s Sister Ade!
She was tasked with providing a short prayer service for the convent’s Community Days. That’s when the Sisters typically return to the “motherhouse” for meetings and such, only this time it will be via Zoom. Sister Ade needed a person at this end who could assist her. Was I willing?
I said, “Sure!”
She was thrilled because – and this is a direct quote – “I had a feeling we were cut from the same cloth.”
No surprise, her words were enough to lift me from my funk. And this was before I found out working with her would provide me with additional hours. That was just bonus.
This last week has been…. interesting. She is, by default, an enthusiast. Her emails are filled with exclamation points, occasional all-caps and random run-on sentences. Everything this former assistant editor should balk at, and yet on her it’s just endearing.
At this point, the main thing she has me doing is some video editing. And the only reason I know how to do that is because of the work I’ve done at the convent. (One of my job duties is to record, edit & make DVDs of their retreats and workshops which, due to the pandemic, aren’t happening right now.)
Funny how these things turn out, isn’t it?
In just the short time I’ve been working with her, she’s made me aware of some incredible things. Such as the site Culture Unplugged. If you like documentaries (I can’t be the only one) you simply HAVE to visit this site! It’s a collection of videos and documentaries all offered for free viewing.
Here’s their statement:
Witnessing global consciousness, with documentaries & films by storytellers around the world. A free service offered to global citizens aspiring for enlightened future.
If you have 15 minutes to spare, you might want to watch the video Sister Ade plans on using. It’s called The Awakening Universe, a film by director Neal Rogin (writer, poet, filmmaker & “social philosopher”), that speaks of the beginning of everything and how everything is related. (Though if you’re not real keen on environmental issues or mysticism, you probably won’t like it much.)
And now we come to point of this whole article and the meaning behind my title: I got an email from Sister Ade yesterday. It came after I assured her that I’d be able to make the cuts she wanted and embed the clips into her presentation.
You get me all excited by what you can do!!!! The stars are dancing with delight as they watch you and recognize what they have contributed to make you sooooo great! YEA!!!
The idea of stars dancing in delight as they watch us going about our lives, doing our thing, learning as we go and flying by the seat of our pants… it’s a lovely thought, isn’t it?
And as it’s coming from a Franciscan nun, I think we can believe her.
So just keep this in mind. During this uncertain time, with fears of illness, economic strain, political and social concerns, be sure to take time in the evening to go outside and look at the sky.
Just look at all those dancing stars!
They are sooooo delighted with you! YEA!!!