Book 1.1 – The Problem –
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
ONCE UPON A TIME there was a man who was a minister who had lost touch with the meaning of life. This seems impossible because ministers are in charge of the meaning of life, but nonetheless, it happened to him.
He had graduated from Seminary 20 years before and worked hard within the system. He had been promoted to increasingly more challenging positions. He had volunteered the little free time he had each week in working as a volunteer in his denomination and in the community.
He had done everything he was supposed to do, and it wasn’t working.
So he worked even harder, assuming that the problem was a lack of effort and that, by sheer investment of energy, he could break through the walls which seemed to enclose him. He would prowl through the bookstores buying manuals on time management, success and motivation. He felt envious and angry toward colleagues who seemed to him to be less talented but achieved more in their work. He spoke less and less with his wife about what he was feeling because he did not like her answers.
He came home tired and couldn’t sleep. He would rise in the night and channel zap through 133 channels on cable TV, looking for something that could hold his interest.
One night when he came back to bed, his wife woke up and she sleepily began to pat him on the shoulder and murmur into his ear: “It will be OK, honey, it will be OK.”
He began to cry. She woke up and comforted him, and he couldn’t stop crying. After about an hour she whispered the words into his ear that would change their lives:
THIS IS TOO HARD
“You’re right,” he agreed, surrendering, and immediately feel into a deep sleep.
QUESTIONS FOR MEDITATION, JOURNALING OR GROUP DISCUSSION:
Life is too hard to do alone. Who is with you on your journey?
Is it your preference to handle problems all by yourself?
Do you want some help or are you stubborn ?