Instant Sabbatical

A lot of stressors in ole Tipsy’s life right now, many involving too much work (which beats too little or unemployment).

Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring.

Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will.

For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things.

Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will.

Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.

When things unforeseen occur , let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee.

Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward every member of my family, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none.

Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events.

Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.


(Prayer of the Optina Elders)

I did not greet much that Wednesday brought with peace of mind. Not even after the cathartic outbursts did I accept them tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill God’s Holy Will. My thoughts and feelings were seemingly ungovernable.

All those people who are “wrong on the internet”? Not my problem just now.

No promises on when I’ll be back or with what frequency. This has sort of been a personal journal online, and maybe I need to renew that view of it.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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1 Response to Instant Sabbatical

  1. albit says:

    I especially like the posts that relate to economics & culture themes. Also, should you decide to keep going with this, consider more of the personal type, like today’s (inspiring). If the blog has fulfilled its purpose, we readers will miss your concise, sometimes humorous, always honest approach. Blessings on both your houses (public blog reflections & personal/professional commitments).

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