Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Verboort Snausage Fest

Home : Viewpoints : Editorials
8/21/2014 4:50:00 PM
This is no dress rehearsal
What really matters are relationships, not the little stuff.
What really matters are relationships, not the little stuff.

Some of us here at the Catholic Sentinel spend time focused on minor details. Is the kerning between letters even? Comma or no comma in this sentence? Are names spelled correctly? Which or that?

It’s easy to get swept up in workaday minutiae and lose track of what’s really important: our faith, our loved ones, our health.

One of our staffers here has a cherished relative who has spent the past four decades waking up at 4 a.m. for nursing shifts. She loved nursing; nothing compared to helping people in their time of need.

Over the years, her nursing duties became mostly administrative and much less gratifying.

Now, toward the end of her career, she counts down the days until retirement: Just one year, two months and six days more. That’s when the fun will begin. She’ll spend more time with her new granddaughter. Work in the garden. Travel.

But, last week, this dear relative was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and those joys and experiences she put off for so many years are cut short.

This heartbreak has us thinking: Which of our day-to-day concerns are really worth the heartburn? And how do we keep perspective when our inboxes brim and deadlines loom?

Our editor often reminds us, “This isn’t a dress rehearsal, folks.”

That’s what we try to remember when we’re tempted to stay late and answer emails instead of having dinner with family.

In our last days, those commas and emails won’t seem very important at all.

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved