Have you ever felt so tired that you have actually reached a point beyond exhaustion? Your body tells you that you are tired and you need sleep, but your mind is wide awake?
Well, that happened to me last night. I was awake most of the night, tossing and turning in bed; I might have gotten a couple of hours of sleep at most and woke up this morning feeling completely exhausted. When the alarm went off this morning, it was one of those moments that if I could have hit the snooze and gone back to sleep, I would have done just that.
The game plan for today was that I would go as fast as I could, and when I felt completely sapped and spent, I would slow down and do as many stops as needed and not finish last (FYI, I don’t mean to brag, but I did finish way ahead of everybody). 😉
It was about half an hour into my journey when the rain started to come down, it was pouring, and I needed to put the poncho on myself and on my backpack.
As I was struggling to put the poncho over my head and my backpack, a very kind co-pilgrim stopped in his tracks to offer me a needed helping hand. Moments later when I had to cross the street, a kind driver stopped her car, even though there were no traffic lights, in order to allow me to cross with ease; let me tell you that the visibility was very poor, and I was quite thankful and glad that this kind woman did this.
t took a couple of acts of kindness to help me realize that despite my intentions of finishing my journey as quickly as I could, the journey of life isn’t about finishing first.
How often do we travel on the fast lane of life failing to notice that there are others who are in need?
“How appropriate,” I thought, as I reflected on the gospel reading from today’s Mass: the parable of the Good Samaritan! Life isn’t a competition, it is about showing compassion. After all, Jesus did say, “Love one another as I have loved you!”