Mine to Do

Toward the end of his life, St. Francis told his fellow brothers, “I have done what is mine to do; may Christ teach you yours”. This quote has had a profound impact on the direction and fulfillment of my life. Often we find ourselves invested in the lives of others. We are wrapped up, litteraly, in the affairs of others. So much so that we let our own lives cruise along without much personal attention to our own direction.

When we are allowed into the lives of others it is easy to find the pull of “fixing” and “helping” them irressistible. We love projects, and people can be the best projects out there; especially when they step back and let us do the work for them. Many times we can see instant gratification when counsel is taken and is a success.

The problem with this relationship is that it easily evolves into a dependant existence and often results in some sloppy care given to yourself because you are “helping” someone else. It may seem hard, but your life is the only one you can truly control, and the only one you are responsible for. Caring for your own life and path is the greatest thing you can do for yourself and for those who you find yourself connected to.

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