Wednesday Word: Speed

Things happen fast.

Yesterday morning, early, I was a guest on the morning show of 100.9 FM called, “My Town: Live with Rod Hocker.” The segment aired from 7:35 to 7:50, and if you didn't get a chance to listen, you can click on this link and, hopefully, listen there (unfortunate note: the recording ends early):


I went into the interview with a couple sheets of paper and bullet points of things I wanted to be sure to cover, as well as hopefully keep the interview on track. I wanted to make sure I touched on our various outreach programs, our involvement in REACH, Mayfest, and the Family Shelter. I also wanted to make sure to touch on immediate upcoming events such as the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Ash Wednesday services, Holy Week and Easter services, as well as our music program.

The conversation got stuck on our outreach programs, so I ended up talking mainly about our involvement with Bester Community of Hope, Community Cafe, Potomac Tower Lunches, and the Family Shelter. Fifteen minutes is just not enough time to cover everything I wanted to cover, and it was over before I was ready to end. But that's life in radio, everything is up against the clock.

As I reflected on this experience, I was a little upset I wasn't able to cover everything on my list. Butin going back and listening to it, I did a pretty good job of talking about some of the major programs Saint John's is involved in. And I once again remembered that we are an active, vital parish in Hagerstown.

This interview also was a little like life in general. That is, we often try to cram too much into too little time, ending up frustrated that we didn't accomplish what we set out to do. But then, upon reflection, it turns out we didn't do to badly after all. As I said in the interview (in the cutoff portion), “We all can't do everything, but all of us can do something.”

Do what we can. Appreciate what we've done. And try not to get frustrated about not fitting everything into your plans.

In the words of a wise philosopher, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”



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