Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. -Philippians 4:8 NAB

Monday, April 30, 2012

Feeling Energized

It's very late, and I honestly don't have the time to be writing at this moment... I should be in bed.  But, I got a dose of inspiration after watching Jennifer Fullwiler on EWTN.  And, although I feel as though I should apologize for not posting anything (right, that's anything) in 9 months, I also know that most people understand that life can become so insanely busy that one can even forget that one has a blog in the first place.

One part of the interview linked above that I particularly liked is how she described that all of us have certain "charisms" -- that is, gifts or talents that energize us the more we engage them.  She quite obviously has a writing charism; me, not so much.  But, I like to write and and I like to dialogue and I like to pretend that by posting something online, I'm actually accomplishing something.  Right.  Anyway, it occurred to me that I know darn well what my charism is: practicing medicine.  I mean, I absolutely love it.  I love meeting new people, engaging in cursory niceties, and then grilling them about the most intimate details of their physical selves so that I may investigate (some people have another word for it) what is going wrong, and why, and how to fix it.  And every once in awhile, I actually look like I know what I'm doing!  And then, my patients feel better and think I had something to do with it.  Hah!  But I really get jazzed about seeing how physiology works, and how it is so intricately balanced, and how it is such a clear image of the presence of God.

I know, I'm a nerd.  In fact,  I am such a nerd that even my husband still calls me a nerd.  Case in point: we were enjoying a beer yesterday (BEER! Don't remind me that I'm nursing...), a Hefewiezen to be exact, with some lemon squeezed in (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!), and there were a few lemon seeds that had escaped their puckery little lemon homes into the joy of hops and malt and yeast and they were dancing (yes, dancing!) in the beer.  Well, my dear spouse was pretty mesmerized by these lemon seeds floating up to the top of the glass, wiggling around a little, then sinking back to the bottom, only to be carried up to the top again in this beautiful ballet of germ-free alcohol, and he said, "Wow, that's cool.  I wonder how those seeds keep floating and sinking like that?"  And I, being the nerdy little nerd that I am, promptly told him.  (Carbonation... impurities... precipitation... don't get me started.)  And then, he lovingly looked over at me with a sweet smile and said, "You are such a nerd."

That's what you get for marrying a chemistry major.  Which, by the way, comes in handy when doing things such as brewing beer or writing prescriptions.  Not so handy when trying to answer a 6-year-old's question about being "born-again" in heaven and "coming back" as babies. (Huh???) I should have paid more attention in my philosophy classes... Thank goodness that marriage and motherhood is my vocation -- I need all the grace I can get for those!

What about you? Do you have a charism? (Don't worry, it won't be another 9 months between posts, I promise!!!)