Fr. Pawel - Letter of Encouragement - April 27th, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The weeks and months are passing on and our self-quarantine seems to have no end. The time of waiting is extending from the pace of sprinting into a long marathon.  As a former marathon runner, I know how it is to keep a steady pace and to not stop or get tired or discouraged.  Every runner knows that sometimes you hit the physical and emotional “wall” and then your priority is not to win but just survive by going through it just simply putting one foot in front of the other.

This metaphor of a marathon we can apply to our current situation. We are running our days confound to the four walls of our houses. We run and burn the oil of our patience, but we still do not see the end of it.  Irritation and anxiety have been rising every day. We may wait just for the last straw to break our back. What can we do to make it better and maintain the peace in our hearts?

First, I would recommend keeping the daily schedule. We all need some structure in our lives, especially now when everything is in the air. The wise polish proverb says “zachowaj porzadek a porzadek zachowa ciebie” that can be translated as “save the order, and the order saves you”.  Sticking with the schedule is giving the order and the purpose of the day. It creates some sense of “normality” and helps to use every day to progress in the desired direction.

Second element could be to create a new healthy habit or just to go for our “perfect day”. To create a new habit, it takes some time.  Right now, probably many of us have the necessary time to do things that we always wanted to do but never had time to do it. You maybe thought about reading more books, meditating, spending every morning with a mug of warm coffee clasped in your hands on the porch. Maybe you wanted to learn a new language, play an instrument, or work on your self-development. The common excuse before was “I have no time”. Now we may not have valid excuses anymore for a while. Pick up a new, good habit, so when this craziness will be over you will open the door of your house to the world, step out, take a deep breath of fresh air, and put a smile on your face, because you have learned so much about yourself, you acquired new skills, hobbies and habits that will carry you on in the future. You will go back to the world with this big smile, stronger, better and renewed.

Pax Christi,

Your Pastor,

Fr. Pawel Szurek

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