God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

09.07.2009 Holiday observation

It is for me again and again a well known phenomena: Short before leaving for holidays, I actually don’t want to go; there is so much still to do, so many things waiting for being accomplished – I find thousand reasons which would justify to postpone the holidays.
The first days are normally feel like the world would stand still.. suddenly quietness and somehow peace, no rushing, to time lines, no demands.. and I can feel that the body must adjust to the missing adrenalin of daily life and performance. It takes time to calm down and to be able to appreciate the free time, the people around you, the delightful food, and your own company. And at the end, it seems a good idea to stay a little bit longer … 🙂

But as much as I am a workaholic during my daily routine, as much I can be a lazy person during holiday time after the cooling down phase. I consider myself the most boring person during the lazy phase of my time out.
It is for me amazing to see and to experience these extreme habits, maybe the saying is right that you need balance in your life; and an extreme life needs extreme balance.

Last but not least is the holiday time ideal to reflect and to see your own life from a bit of a distance. It is sometimes amazing to recall so many things coming suddenly up again, still sleeping under the mountain of constant new experiences and challenges, which makes it almost impossible to deal with all in an appropriate way. There is sometimes too much to absorb, especially, when you are working in the fields and there is a constant demand, not of files waiting on your desk, but of real people and their needs, sorrows and worries, but also joy and happiness, they want to share.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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