Well, I am slowly coming up for air after 17 days working on a project: sorting through 240 boxes, several thousand of books from a second-hand Amazon business I ran for a couple of years, deciding what to keep, and what to get rid of.
Sadly, I landed up keeping nearly 100 loosely packed boxes of books—books I might read, or browse, or refer to, and dozens of novels my children (or grandchildren, when they come) may enjoy. A well-stocked library at home does lead to more impulse reading. But have got rid of 5000 books, and good riddance!!
So that’s done, and now back to blogging. I have been struggling to keep up with my blog, for over a month—retreat in Wales, Christmas, a week in London, and then big clear out, but now I am back for good. Hopefully, it won’t take long to reconnect with an inner and spiritual life.
I learned several things from the 17 days of sorting through books. The importance of praying and seeking God before you write so that your books don’t end up with the world’s detritus.
Another thing I learned was how much happier I was if I balanced work (sorting through books) with prayer, and exercise. I did 45 minutes of sorting, and then 45 minutes of prayer or blogging, or walking, and that kept me sane. Perhaps, I’ll sign off now and write a separate post on this enforced introduction to the Benedictine ideal of ora et labora, prayer and workJ