On a course today led by Fr Dermot Tredget OSB of Douai Abbey. Using the Rule of St Benedict we drew insights into the meaning and purpose of work in our lives. One of my problems is work v life and the balance between the two. Or one, in actual fact. Where is my life? I need to find a new hobby that is so completely un-work-like that I can switch off. Something that I wouldn’t pray whilst doing it, or give thanks to God after it. Something so secular that your guardian angel may ask for the night off. That kind of hobby. Any ideas?
Then after lunch we looked at leadership styles and responsibilities. I think my style might be Autocratic/Hierarchical in which the Leader dictates by exercising power over others using coercive force and threatening with punishment. The rest of my table didn’t seem to think this was a good thing. But we had great numbers at Easter remember. And if I hadn’t told them on Palm Sunday that they wouldn’t get in on Easter day if they didn’t attend something in Holy Week, would that have been the case? I think not! Force and the threat of punishment does it every time.
And just for the record… the Laissez Faire/Therapeutic style (the non-leader) who listens, supports, affirms and clarifies would drive me up the wall screaming like a banshee.
Interesting mix of people there. Probably about 20% have never worked in their lives, another 30% were retired and a good proportion of the rest of us worked in the church. That’s all I’m saying.