“It’s Already Tomorrow in Australia”
JUNE 27, 2017/
OUR FRANCISCAN FIAT
I’m about to close off the night here at the front desk, and what an evening it’s been!!!
It started with a hospital visit, from which we arrived home late. Then, when we were just finishing supper, I was paged and asked to help our aide upstairs.
Without violating HIPAA regulations, let’s just say there was a mess to clean up. Sr. Elaine said she’d start evening Office, which we pray together regularly after supper. As I hurried away, I said “Maybe, you’d better finish it, too.” I was right; I had to pray privately this evening once I got to the front desk for my shift, a couple of minutes late.
It was good to be able to sit down and have that chaos behind me; but more awaited. I was working on a project the computer, but had also been noticing that it was somewhat slow. Also, the browser window was not displaying properly.
I tried various things, including restarted the computer, and ended up trying to “de-clutter.” I thought I’d uninstall some unneeded software that may have been accidentally downloaded over the years. Well, in my tired haste, I had accidentally started to uninstall our MS Office software – not good!
I ended up having to force the computer off to terminate the de-installation process!
I hoped no permanent damage was done and finally got back to my project.
I am very grateful for the Holy Spirit’s guidance lately.
It seems that I start out on these projects, overwhelmed and lacking clarity. I pray for guidance and things seem to come around. (Yes, I did remember to say “thank you.”)
The above-mentioned project involves some email correspondence on occasion, so I checked gmail again. However, the “new message” was not the one I was waiting for. Instead, it came all the way from Australia!
We get pre-written petitions for the “Universal Prayer” at Mass from a priest “down under” who writes and sends them out to various parishes. This email was the coming week’s Mass petitions.
(I have to “doctor them up” a bit and modify them for our audience. We don’t typically pray for “those in leadership among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”
Anyway, this email from the other side of the world reminded me of a little quote Sr. Elaine has used jokingly on occasion: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”
Even when things go topsy-turvy for me, and I’m afraid I’m going to crash the computer or get sick from cleaning an unsavory mess, I don’t need to worry. The same One who made all seven continents (including Australia) has a handle on the craziness in my life as well. :)