I’m sitting at an outdoor cafe in Madrid sipping coffee and eating toast with tomatos smothering it. I just spent the past few days in Rota at the southern end of Spain doing very little with a college buddy and his family. Amazing how doing nothing can recharge and rejuvenate the soul. Sure, I’m ready to get back home, but the past few days gave me time to rest and reflect. WYD was intense, no doubt, so the time to rest was needed. Also, the call to SIMPLIFY was quite clear. I wasn’t able to put together an action plan as to how to do that while at the beach, but I’ll work on it on the flight home tomorrow. It was enough to know that taking time to rest the body and soul are very important and should not be overlooked. I find myself slipping into the busyness of each day and forgetting to take time to rest. How delicious is it to not have a cellphone in my pocket or computer access at my fingertips! Yes, these luxuries can help my life be more simpler, but they can also add layers of work and confusion. Not having them allowed me to step back and confirm what I already know to be true. It was a great reminder! Something else I enjoyed was spending time with Joe and his family He married a gal from Sevilla, and they ended up living there and raising their family there. I, too, have a great family, and I’m always invigorated by spending time with them. Perhaps I take them for granted from time to time, so not having them around and then enjoying Joe’s family reminded me of how blessed I am with my own family. Also, it’s been fun to catch up with Joe as we went to college together many moons ago. While we don’t see each other often, we pick right up where we left off when we get together. Having close friends who genuinely care about me make my life richer and more balanced. Spending time with Joe reminds me of that, too, and it makes me want to be the same kind of friend to others.
I return home tomorrow, and while the trip has been wonderful, ready to get home. We have some fundraiser projects as well as product updates to handle, so that’ll be quite fun. We’ll be updating the website with a few more Catholic shirts, too. The next trip will be to National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in November. That’ll be a fun roadtrip, let’s roll!