A couple of days ago, I came to the realization that I was done with a major commitment so I resigned as the chair of Personnel for the Presbytery. The work was not yet finished but I was.

Sometimes, in order to preserve the integrity of our souls, we simply need to walk away, not because we are being asked to do something unethical but simply because we are being asked to do. As I sat in stillness on the day following my ‘departure’ I realized a lightness of spirit and a joy of being done. I could almost hear a voice, “You have done enough.”

Discernment is about more than right and wrong; it is about listening for the whispers of Life that nourish the soul and recognizing the things we do that do not cultivate Life within. Some commitments are good and necessary, yet over time, they may become less than Life-giving. When we realize that the flow of Life is only one-way and the job before us is taking way more than we are getting back, it is time to simply say, “Enough.”

2 thoughts on “Enough

  1. At our last book club meeting, it was obvious that you weren’t happy chairing the Presbytery Personnel Comm. I’m glad you let that go and can move on to other things that refresh your soul. The book ” Sabbath” was very good for me as I try to balance taking care of myself and taking care of John. It does break my heart to see him struggle so.

    Blessings, Marny

    P.S. I’m glad you felt comfortable with our group and could share your feelings.


  2. I’m glad you heard the voice and heeded it. I remember Cathy Y saying (I paraphrase) that things that drain us also take resources away from the things that we need (and which also need us). I carry that thought with me and reference it often.


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