Taking a Breath
This morning, I held my last “first” event of the academic year. It was the year’s first Chapel Service, and I’m very glad it’s over. I’m more than ready to settle into the semester’s routine. We’ll have some special events, to be sure, but right now I can’t wait for the circular pattern of the everyday week. Teach class, meet with student leaders, devotions, Eat Pray Fun, and Chapel Services. Teach class, meet with student leaders, devotions, Eat Pray Fun, and Chapel Services. Rinse and repeat. There’s a comfort to the predictability. I wouldn’t want complete predictability, but the past few weeks have been wild and chaotic. Everyone involved in Spiritual Life has been running full-tilt to make sure our beginning-of-the-semester events come off well.
Maybe you have been experiencing the same kind of thing in your own context. The first class, whether you’re teaching the class or taking it; the first quiz; the first test; the first paper. All coming at you so quickly it leaves you breathless.
So take a moment right now and take a breath. Be aware of it. Feel it; know it. Breathe in; breathe out. Find comfort in the circularity of it, the predictability of it, the life-giving character of it. Restore the natural rhythm of your body, your mind, your spirit. Notice the regular cycle of your breathing, the regular cycle of your day and of your week. Rest in that regularity.
That way you’ll be ready for next chaotic time period that is surely just around the corner.