Having Faith and Encountering Wisdom

It has been a dark, damp week. Rare in Miami, but not rare for early December in most parts. Two nights ago, we had dinner with a group of couples that went through the pre-marriage process with us. Our priest stopped by and gave us all a book of daily prayers and practices to consider throughout the Advent season. I tossed mine on my kitchen table after returning home exhausted. Most likely, it would end up in the garbage.

Yesterday morning, at breakfast time, I read the daily prayer to Michael over eggs and pancakes. The book was right next to my plate. Might as well, I figured.

Today, I read a page titled “Encounter Wisdom”. I will ask you the daily practice so that we can reflect on it together. Let me know how you feel!

”Spend time reflecting on the past year. Identify something you learned or discovered that you wouldn’t have understood when you were much younger. How has it given you wisdom?”

This year I have learned that we are all trying to figure something out. Everyone is trying to find an answer to a question or a solution to a problem.

Earlier this year I started working as an Occupational Therapist. It felt surprising at the start that the parents put so much trust in me. I had the knowledge I needed to support them and I cared more than enough, but still, it was a new feeling to have people looking to me for answers. Honestly, I was surprised by all of the worries parents had. I did not realize how many questions there were to ask, and at first, I did not realize that I had any of the answers.

I feel much older now than I did at the start of the year. According to my new book, I have a bit more wisdom. With that, my own questions and concerns have arisen.

I hope my answers at work are educational and bring solace to the parents I speak with. With that being said, they will never be the final answer.

I have discovered this in my own life. The more I try to answer the questions that I have, the more questions I have. I will never be all-knowing and I am trying to be okay with that. I am excited to continue encountering wisdom in my life without wishing for all of the answers.

With love,

Kristen Mary Carolan

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