Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Silent Retreat

I had hoped that I would be able to post some pictures today, but sadly my computer is not yet hooked up in my room. I am currently posting from the library, or as the message taped to the monitor says "primarily doing theological research." Not much to report from this end except later today we start a two day silent retreat. AHHHHHHHHHH!

All of you who know me well, know that keeping silent and free from distraction is not my style. I imagine it will be quiet the challenge, no talking, no phone, no electronics, no computer, no music for two days! The world today is filled with so many distractions and so much activity. I can't imagine a moment in my life when it has ever been truly still. I suppose in two days I will be able to. I am little worried I will be like an addict going through withdrawal. In the end I am excited to have a chance to center myself and focus on what is most important, my relationship with God. It is crazy how busy we make ourselves in life. Every day at Trinity seemed to fly by as I ran from place to place, pulling projects together, printing papers, talking with others, hiding from Yrag, talking on two cell phones at once, feeding bellringer, burying bellringer, buying a new bellringer and burying bellringer. I imagine if I asked most of you, you would agree. In fact how fast did this summer fly by? How is the new school year already starting? Wasn't it just yesterday you were a freshmen? Life is crazy like that sometimes, we spend all of our time running and never stop to sit, listen and experience God's presence.


I will see you all in two days!

-Mr. Nelson

p.s. I am eager to hear how things are going with all of you (another year at Trinity, moving into College, or returning to college).

5 comments:

Alyssa Birt said...

I agree with you a hundred percent, the summer did fly by as well as everything else. It really does seem like yesterday I was sitting in your theology class as a freshman. Although it went by fast, so much has changed and until you sit back and think about it, it changed so fast you hardly noticed it. Like how your close friends from high school, you hardly heard from this summer, and all the inside jokes mean nothing now. Its a hard reallity that sets in far after the event takes place, that how fast life moves and changes and how little time you actually stop and appreciated it.

I have not moved back in yet but will be moving in on Monday Sept 1. It should be fun, I have the same room I had last year so it will be nice knowing a good chunk of people in my dorm to start off the year. I love my single room, its awesome, all the other rooms in my dorm are singles as well so we're all one big family. I can't wait to go back.

Alyssa

Alyssa Birt said...

I agree with you a hundred percent, the summer did fly by as well as everything else. It really does seem like yesterday I was sitting in your theology class as a freshman. Although it went by fast, so much has changed and until you sit back and think about it, it changed so fast you hardly noticed it. Like how your close friends from high school, you hardly heard from this summer, and all the inside jokes mean nothing now. Its a hard reallity that sets in far after the event takes place, that how fast life moves and changes and how little time you actually stop and appreciated it.

I have not moved back in yet but will be moving in on Monday Sept 1. It should be fun, I have the same room I had last year so it will be nice knowing a good chunk of people in my dorm to start off the year. I love my single room, its awesome, all the other rooms in my dorm are singles as well so we're all one big family. I can't wait to go back.

Alexa Serrecchia said...

Mr. Nelson,
Why am I not surprised about Bellringer V (may he rest in peace)? Remember to feed Bellringer VI, I will pray for him hahaha. School is off to a crazy start, I was up until 1:00 yesterday morning finishing homework! But I suppose it can only get better from there.... ahh the homework beckons once again. Good luck with your retreat!

Holly O'Connor said...

Mr. Nelson!
School is so weird without you!
We all miss you but hope you are doing well.
- Holly

P.S.
I hope you survived your silent retreat!

Anonymous said...

Great Books 08' misses ya, like really bad..

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