FOOTSTEPS AND FINGERPRINTS
Low bat
by Nancy Russell Catan

Low bat. No energy. This was how I felt when I woke up this morning after what I felt was a restful sleep. Everything seems to be happening in the slow mode.

Why am I low bat this Monday morning? I really don’t know. Yesterday after morning mass officiated by Cardinal Tagle, I rested in the afternoon watching several movies on TV. Did a bit of walking exercise to try to relieve the aches and creaks of my bones and back. Still no energy!

My eyes complained when I tried to read. My brain shut down when I tried to perk myself up with word games on my mobile phone. The weather was rainy and wet, with thunder in the distance. I went to bed early praying that I would have more energy in the morning.

Still low bat this morning. But my little African love birds were exuberantly singing as I fed them before having my breakfast. The sky was beginning to show blue as the rain clouds fled before the sun. The day was awakening even as a storm threatens. Life goes on.

Here I am in my office, as I am every day, knowing that I have deadlines to meet, things to do, meetings to attend, decisions to make. I tell myself: wake up, look up, enjoy a cuppa coffee, be positive, energize, smile, stretch. Oh my, all this takes energy, energy that I don’t seem to have much of today.

I flip my small desk devotional calendar to today’s date and its message speaks clearly to me: ‘How much of our lives are…well…so daily. How often our hours are filled with the mundane, seemingly unimportant things that have to be done, whether at home or work. These very “daily” tasks could become a celebration of praise. Someone has said, ‘It is through consecration that drudgery is made divine.’”

Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that everything I do, everything I feel should be a celebration of praise, a celebration of life. I realize that even if I feel low bat, I am alive!

I am alive. I have eyes to see, ears to hear. I can breathe, I can smell, I can taste, I can touch. I can walk (even though my bones ache a bit), I can think, I can emote. I can talk and interact with others. I can open my laptop and write this column.

The song “I CAN” hums its melody in my heart: “I can live. I can love. I can reach the heavens above. I can right what is wrong. I can sing just any song…”

Yes, I am alive and I will allow myself to be blessed by everything around me.

Yes, I began the day by being low bat, but now I choose to energize myself with positive thoughts, with a song in my heart, with the smiles of friends, with the songs of the birds, with the sweetness and energy of aliveness. Even if my body is still low bat, my spirit and soul are alive.

Praise God!


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