One of my favorite movies is Galaxy Quest. Every time it comes on, I watch and it makes me laugh. However, I do believe fiercely in the importance of “Never give up. Never surrender.” It is another way of saying, “Begin again.” I say that because this week, I went backwards. Back up in weight, back down in organization; rosaries were said some days, some decades others. It was a week of hit or miss, with a lot more miss than hit.
So when it came time to write Small Success Thursday, I admit, I felt it was grasping at straws to set up the introduction to this weekly “Count your blessings” column. Who wants to hear if I read a book or made it to adoration? The discouragement voice sensed weakness and grew louder. “You’ve been doing this since sometime in 2010, I think. You are here at fifty-one, greyer and fatter.” Why continue? Why try?
The spiritual attack made an error asking “Why?” because it triggered my stubborness. Why? Because the world has plenty of despair, misery, sadness, anger, rage, wrath, pain and suffering; it doesn’t need more added to the pile. Small Success isn’t about saving the world, it’s about finding sanity and showing we don’t have to be defined by the world, or success, slimness or age. My hair, I earned. My pounds, I earned. Every one of them. We aren’t called to be perfect. We aren’t called to be anything but loving; we are to be known by our tangible joy, in our words, in our acts, in our lives.
Joy has nothing to do with circumstance externally; it is entirely an internal grace, evidence of a love for Christ above all else, and a love for all others, the way we would serve Christ. Writing this column every week is sometimes difficult, because progress is slow, and sometimes in the wrong direction. But the Thursday reminder, “Begin again,” is why this column is still here, reminding everyone, “Never give up. Never surrender.”
We don’t have to be perfect;, we have to be loving.
So this week’s small successes include:
1) I did read a book. Wright’s Black Boy. Beautiful, gripping, and on almost every page, some sentence that is really poetry.
2) took on teaching CCD at the parish. I really need to stop ever saying to God, “Now what?” because He immediately answers.
3) Drove my son to look at a college.
Hope your week was full of big and little victories and that if you got discouraged at any point, you remembered, “Begin again,” and got back at whatever it was you needed to do. Have a great week and Happy Small Success Thursday!
What small successes are you celebrating this week?
Copyright 2017 Sherry Antonetti