I can do this, I can do this, yes you can, just trust in yourself Céline. Man o’ man do I ever keep telling myself that when I have to make a phone call that is work related. I was never a fan of calling people but I always knew that it was worth it.
This past week I have been trying to organize a retreat for the Manitoba people in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. It’s harder than it seems. I could get a team to lead the retreat but no hall to have it in or I could get the hall rented but no team available. It’s been one phone call after another and it’s still not falling into place.
On the bright side I was able to book a school for free on the weekend we wanted but now I can’t seem to find a team to come out. Céline, trust in God that everything will work out…. Not an easy thing when my coworkers are pressuring me to get more details about the event.
But back to making phone calls, here’s a song by Matt Kennon about making a phone call that I’ve kinda experienced. One of my friends was going through a rough patch but I didn’t know the extent of it. I called him up because he was on my mind and so we just a had a random chat. We didn’t talk about anything in particular and just had a jolly good time. Later that month he explained to me what he was going through and I couldn’t even try to understand his way of thinking but he thought the only solution for his problem was to escape from it and never have to deal with it again.
I do have to say that I would of been very hurt if he would of gone through with his plan but at the same time I have to thank God for putting this person on my mind. A simple phone call lead to a well needed conversation. He needed to rant and I let him talk about whatever he needed to talk about. He was bottling up his feelings and emotions for too long. When we met up for a coffee he asked if we could go talk somewhere else, somewhere that was more private and knowing just the surface of what he was going through I agreed so we went to my place.
He had a breakdown, something I was not expecting from him because he’s this big macho guy who never shows any emotions. But this reminded me how much society shapes men to be ‘strong’ and ‘not cry’ and ‘just be a man’. What does it mean to be a man? I’m not an expert on this subject but I can say that being a man isn’t about being strong and all that. It’s about caring, yes it’s true that society perceives men as not caring for much but the good men in my life have such a strong sense of caring for others.
For all the men in my life, I hope you know that you don’t have to put that tough guy act. Just be yourself. Being yourself is your best self.
Have you ever had someone on your mind and didn’t know why? What did you do? Did you contact them?
-My Catholic Living