As St. Francis of Assisi was dying, he told his brother friars, “I have done what was mine to do, now go and do what is yours”.
But what is mine to do and how do I know (especially since it often involves leaving a commitment behind)? Letting go of current involvements is hard. It often fills me with guilt, fear of letting people down, or worries that the group or organization will not find a replacement. And yet, I know it is time to move on.
Sound familiar? Many of us have been in this situation. I know I have. Just recently in fact, as I struggled with resigning as facilitator of the Deanery Grief Support group after many years. The tendency is to just add what is my desire to do to what I am wanting to move away from. The problem is, that doesn’t work well. It becomes exhausting.
While discerning what is mine to do and what is it time to leave behind, it is helpful to ask some questions:
What is giving me life, energy, peace, and joy?
Where does God seem most present to me regardless of the external circumstances?
“Find the thing which stirs your heart and make room for it”. Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
How I answer these questions shows me what is now mine to do.
– Terri Sersch