I’ve learned or re-learned a lot this week.
1. I cannot walk away from someone in distress unless I know that someone else is looking after them.
2. If I spend all day dealing with people in pastoral situations, I need an couple of hours to myself to recover.
3. The more I accept and love myself as I am, the more other people accept and love me the way I am.
4. I can do things I never thought possible.
5. Although technically incompetent, in spite of an Engineering degree, I can sort out all sorts of bits and pieces on websites, provided I am methodical.
5. Wearing a wrap around skirt in a windy car park means I reveal more leg than is appropriate in a curate.
6. People do double-takes when they to see a woman in a black clerical shirt and a red skirt standing at a bus stop in town eating a scone.
7. When I am trying to be myself whilst being a priest, people relate to me more quickly and more deeply than if I try to be something I not.
8. Young puppies are huge fun and lots of work.
9. The M3 is a more bad tempered motorway than the M42.
10. Being called by God and following that call is costly and hard. But for me, being a priest is the best way of life in the world.
Oh, and few problems cannot be overcome given a good friend and plenty of coffee.