Monotony is the enemy of new thought. Unless we find room for enjoyment in our lives, the more likely we are to become lobotomized by life. We stop thinking of other ways to live because we have already surrendered to the chains of it.
Sometimes just finding a way to entertain ourselves again outside all the work rules of the day, just breaking out of the daily, can change the very fabric and texture of our lives. We prove to ourselves that what is need not be, if we ourselves refuse to make it so…
Then we come to realize, in ways we have never realized before, that enjoyment is of the essence of the virtue of hope.
This excerpt from the book Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister is reprinted by permission of BlueBridge/United Tribes Media Inc. Today is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Isaiah 66:10-14; 2 Kings 5:1-14 (semicontinuous); Psalm 66:1-9; Psalm 30 (semicontinuous); Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.