Joy of joys! This week I am stuck in the lab glazing specs while our normal lab tech and store manager are having a quiet lazy week off. (They do deserve it to be fair.) It's such fun...in a stressful not fun kinda way. Normally the week goes like this; I start ploughing through the jobs to be done one at a time and all is well. Then my directors start to hover a little bit but don't hang around too long. All is okay. My directors won't go away and it all goes to pot. I then trash an expensive pair of lenses. Then (after I've panicked, had a tizz, sworn lots and almost cried) I'm left alone again, start tackling life one job at a time and all is well. See where the not fun aspect comes in? Seriously, this pattern occurs every time. Sam (the lab tech) needs to stop having time off.
But today I managed to keep my head on. Yay! Maire (one of my store directors, the other is David) asked me once if I needed any help at all, to which I (as always) replied, "no thanks" and that was that! I was able to get on with it. I made one stupid mistake, but I haven't trashed any of the mega expensive stuff, broken the machines or had a paddy! I know I've gone and bloody jinxed it now, but I had to revel in my one day of non-disastrousness. (Is that a word? ... It is now.)
Although my colleagues are quite worried for my sanity. Because my day was uneventful I went a bit mad on the old eccentricities. Like singing, "I'm a little teapot" all afternoon. And talking to Kirsty and Derek...the glazing machines in the lab. And arguing with them a teensy weensy bit. I'm special. Very special. Creeped my coleague Donna out a tad too with my ramblings about the cathedral. Methinks I get too excited about these things...
On a totally different note the RCIA meeting this evening was really good. They've been getting better and better each week but this was the best so far. It was led by Kevin O'Donnell who gave a brilliant 'Real Presence' talk at the church a week ago. He summarised the Old Testament very well (a great feat I must say) and got us to have a go at Lectio Divina. That was cool. We split off into two groups each with a set of reading to look through. Our group (the smaller and far better one lol) went off into another room with Deacon Tom whilst the others remained where they were. We had seven different passages to look through, but as Tom pointed out there wasn't time so we chose one to focus on in more detail.
We looked at the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. First one of the group leaders (Tony) read it aloud, then we sat in silence, re-reading and thinking on what we'd heard. When asked if there was anything from that passage that jumped out at us I was expecting tumbleweed to pass through the room, but we all actually came alive. I made a brief point but then the lady sitting next to me (I can't remember her name, I'm so bad!) said it was amazing how Isaac (the sacrifice) was made to carry the wood (on which he was to be sacrificed) on his back was so similar to Christ carrying the cross. It was an excellent point and the conversation rolled onto God's love for us, His sacrifice and just went on and on. It was brilliant. Ended too soon, but time was against us.
Kevin had left a suggestion at the bottom of the handouts he gave us to try the Lectio Divina at home with Psalm 139. Am going to try it. Although group situations can bring so many exciting ideas to the table, perhaps I can gain a little bit of understanding in private too.