STORY WITH A PROBLEM
One year we had a CCD field trip from St. Michael’s Church to Cleveland. All of the drivers were given maps and directions on how to get to the assembly area on the blue line. One driver was insistent she knew the way and wound up on the other side of town. The rest of the crew was sent into town with instructions to meet at Town City. The lost driver eventually found her way back and rejoined the group. The rest of the day was serene.
The moral of the story could be overconfidence has its own hazards and an unwillingness to review the route and have a shotgun rider who can read a map does not help to keep the group intact.
Honor sabbath time by having a scheduled day off each week. If possible, do not check work emails, phone messages, or text messages. The Church will still be standing the next day – and more importantly, so will you. Take your vacation time. Make time for a personal retreat once a year.
Check the parish calendar! When scheduling, check and re-check the parish calendar. And remember to write what you are scheduling on the parish calendar. I have in the past not checked the calendar carefully enough and had to reschedule plus shake up those I scheduled on top of. And I still have to be super sure I write my own bookings on that parish calendar. I have forgotten to do that, too. Only thing you can do when it happens is to apologize to all concerned. But also realize it is not the end the world even if you get reprimanded for it. Keep your spirits up, see it as a lesson learned and know that tomorrow is another day. Also, it might increase your compassion when someone else does it to you.