What? An assignment over Christmas break? Professor Roberts had to be kidding. But when he said he’d already reserved 102A from 5:30 to 6:30 and would have pizza for us, we knew he was serious. We could pick any day during vacation and incorporate at least three actions that had the potential for making us or another person become more fully human, fully alive. Jake shared that instead of grumbling about shoveling the freshly falling snow, he took time to admire its beauty. Marcy loved her mother’s smile when she thanked her for the fresh rolls she had made. Jordyn stayed home with the younger kids so his parents could have a night out. Hayden added the word “gratitude” to his cell phone’s daily calendar as a reminder to be aware of blessings. And you, what might you do to become more fully human, fully alive this new year?
By Lois Wedl, OSB