Sometimes things do not seem to go as planned. And still, possibilities for healing and nurture occur….
This last week I attended an “institute” held by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. This is a chance for us to learn and grow, with a program representing the best in our Association and beyond. The idea is that it should also be a chance for nurture and renewal.
I attended a great workshop on “thinking like a filmmaker” which gave me great ideas about how to better approach next month when we will begin to live stream and videocast our services on Sunday. The presenter, Marcia McFee, is a leader in the field of contemporary worship and it was a rich experience. And our worship featured amazing music and great preaching and I even got a last-minute request to read one of my poems in a morning service. I convened four “meet-up” groups—three to do with the Commission on Institutional Change which I chair and one about ministry and addiction. Altogether satisfying from an input point-of-view.
Renewal not so much. I had set three goals—to sing in the choir under the great Dr. Glenn Thomas Rideout who is a very accomplished musicologist and choir director, to get in the water sometime (and even remembered my bathing suit) and to get to morning yoga.
On the last night, I realized I had done none of these—attending to the learning and also matters back home at MDUUC (though I did get to do a little dancing so that counts.) I had not seen an alligator or even walked on a beach.
So my last morning, instead of a shower I took a bath. A morning bath feels like a luxury and in that gesture, I acknowledged my failings in the area of self-care and vowed to start again.
Sometimes we make plans and we have to adjust them. In truth, I would not make different choices than I made for I learned much and was with very fine people. Still, I am grateful for the extra chances of morning baths and self-reflection.
In faith, Leslie
Rev. Leslie Takahashi is privileged to be the Lead Minister of MDUUC