The Vernacular Curate wrote about this in another way and soon after I read his blog the following quote appeared in my in box:
We tend to manage life more than just live it. We are all over-stimulated and drowning in options. We are trained to be managers, to organize life, to make things happen. This is what is built into our culture, and probably into human nature. It is not all bad, but if you transfer that to the spiritual life, it is always heresy. It doesn’t work. It is not gospel. We might be productive and popular, but we will not be spiritually fertile or free. Richard RohrMy spiritual director quoted Monica Furlong to me:
This resonates with me - but it is so hard to achieve - even more so when colleagues are rushing around "achieving" so much.I am clear about what I want from the clergy. I want them to be people who dare because they are secure enough in the value of what they are doing, to have time to read, to sit and think, and who face the emptiness and possible depression which often attack people when they do not keep the surface of their mind occupied ... I want them to be people who can sit still without feeling guilty, and from whom I can learn some kind of tranquility in a society which has almost lost the art. Quoted by Gloucester Diocese
And yet one of the things that I have valued about my curacy has been precisely the time to read and to sit and think and to face up to who and what I really am.