When we think of poise, we might think of some elusive woman who just has it all together no matter what. But in truth, we all have our seasons of abundance and seasons of want. Poise isn’t some elusive “it” factor, but the interior disposition that enables us to live a whole life, full of grace and beauty.
When we have habits, routines, plans, systems in place we free our minds from having to remember to do something — these are my “easy buttons.”
When we are young and we fall in love we believe that everything will work out. That our love will carry us through. At least that’s what I believed. My parents tried to tell me that ‘marriage was hard.’ Ha! They just didn’t understand my relationship. My husband and...
Welcome to week one!
Women tend to do things with their whole heart. We tend not to merely dip our toes in the water. It’s common to be ‘all or nothing’. We either do a thing and pursue it with a strength of conviction that will carry us through dark stormy days. Or we don’t. Unfortunately for our health we tend not to spend a lot of time on how we can support our bodies; these temples of the Holy Spirit that the Lord has entrusted to our care. As a result we are depriving the Church of our ability to live out our mission, something the Church desperately needs.
I was 31 years old and had just moved back home. I left my consecrated community and found myself starting over. Chatting with a younger friend after Mass one day, I told her that I was trying to figure out my calling. She responded innocently, “Weren’t you supposed to do that a long time ago?”
I lie awake, listening to my husband slowly drifting off, gently snoring, rosary beads wrapped loosely around my fingers. Soon the snoring won’t be so gentle. A soft tap on the shoulder and he will turn over, opening up his airway to rhythmic breathing again. This is...