It’s good to have a proper balance in our lives, more so during LENT.
Once the great Anthony of the Desert was relaxing with his disciples outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his idea of what a holy monk should be doing.
Anthony replied, ” Bend your bow and shoot an arrow.” And the hunter did so. “Bend it again and shoot another arrow,” said Anthony.The hunter did so, again and again.
The hunter finally said, “Abba Anthony, if I keep my bow always stretched, it will break.”
“So it is with the monk,” replied Anthony. “If we push ourselves beyond measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our efforts.”
Our world today offers us many things that somehow calls for our urgent acceptance. Things come and go so quickly that we can hardly notice their presence. People on the big cities are moving from both directions and going many different destinations, hardly noticing the presence of someone sitting there peacefully on one of the benches in park. Let’s savor our free moments today in being aware at a certain people, things, that we don’t normally take notice of…and that will make up our day.