Learning to be a Mary

It’s one of those days where you just sit in front of the laptop and started musing…

I was reading Walter’s blog post on Bringing Creativity Back . It is interesting that I am having very similar thoughts recently as I was reading two very inspirational books – The Last Lecture and Letters to Sam

Walter wrote…

Perhaps it is time for a change in my routine. Perhaps I need to take on a hobby beyond my usual runs, something which engages more than just my quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. Perhaps I should do some social work, contributing my expertise in writing, publicising and blogging.

In the last many months, I have allocated almost all my waking hours to work, travel, work, travel, eat, sleep, work and more travel. When I get the chance to meet up with some friends, I spent those time worrying about what I need to do for work when I get home.

Don’t misunderstand. I am not complaining about my work. I love my job and my bosses have been trying to get me to take a break. Sometimes, when you are not leading a balanced life, you quickly run out of steam. Your body starts to fall apart (of course it does, when all you do is sit in front of the comp and eat your food at your comp and talk to your brother and mum on instant messenger on the comp). Your mind starts to feel unhappy (of course it does, when all you do is work. It began to wonder when it can go for a holiday or just watch Sex and the City DVDs, without thinking about work).

I was reading a Bible story that many might know of:-

Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I am not into preaching but this story is very inspiring. I am learning to be a “MARY!”

Pastor said something very true some weeks ago. He said, “Don’t be a public success and a private failure.” Not that I am failing in any ways, I’ve been so blessed but I know I can do better in leading a healthier and balanced life.

While I was reading the story about Mary and Martha, i began to think, at times, we are just sweating over so many small things. It is always a challenge to slow down, to rest, to “feed”, “recharge”, “renew” the body, mind/ soul.

So, Walter was right, we should always review what we are doing exactly. If it’s time to find lost joy, fun and creativity in life, go find it back!  We only get to live this life, once, so making full use of it is so important.

I am glad I am making small changes. I took up Body Combat classes and have been challenging myself to get out of office to go for the classes on time (and trust me, this itself is a tougher challenge than actually doing the combat) and making it a point to go at least 3 times a week (huge challenge)!!

I have also been going back to my favourite hobby  – READ! Jon continues to buy interesting books (audio books too) for me and I have been piling them up on the shelves, collecting dust.

So, while Walter is finding his creativity, I am finding the balance to life.

… it’s very rarely I post thoughts about life and personal stuff on this blog.. it’s just one of those days… 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Learning to be a Mary

  1. We do come across such introspective moments in life, when we feel the need to review, reflect and reprioritise. Like you, I have a tendency to be swept by work and to be obsessed with clearing everything in my inbox as quickly as possible.

    Life is a lot more than that. When we get to the end of the road, what do we remember most? Our career achievements? Or our family, friends and social impact on this world?

    One of the things I wished I could do is to pursue a cause more aggressively rather than just occasional half-hearted attempts at activism through my blog. There were several that have been on my mind for the past few months – environmental activism, marketing savviness, or health and fitness.

    I am sure that you do have some of them too. Being such an avid reader would surely endow you with ideas and thoughts on how to make this world a better place. Or yourself a better person.

    Thanks for the referral. Hope to catch up again soon!

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