I haven’t been blogging much other than the daily reflections, I noticed. I’ve been very busy at work and with other commitments. So busy in fact that at one point, I had to force myself to take a break and get some sleep.
I guess I have to give thanks to God for having a job that I love, but as with all things in my life, I find it hard to practise moderation, and so, end up either totally avoiding something I don’t like, or having too much of something I like.
The good thing about working too hard is that I’ve got a lot of days off-in-lieu to clear. The bad thing is that I have to force myself to clear them. What’s worse is that since I work from home, I get very tempted to do work on days that I’m supposed to be off.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining or whining. I’m just sharing some negative points about working from home, but I wouldn’t change my job for anything else right now.
I was talking with a friend the other day, and I was saying that even if I struck the lottery and won a million dollars, I would still carry on working here because I simply love my job!
Anyway, overworking, overeating, or over-anything, is not healthy. As a result, I have fallen ill. I’m currently down with a flu, which sucks because I took Friday and Monday off to relax. Then again, I did plan to spend the entire weekend sleeping, which is what I did.
I’m on medical leave today, but being the workaholic that I am, I finally gave in to the temptation to do some work. I did basic housekeeping by clearing my inbox. That’s all the work I did. I had to keep reminding myself not to do any work until tomorrow.
This would have been a very good time to get started again on Xenosaga 3 which I had stopped playing some months back. Instead, I recently started on Shadow Hearts, a game that two friends have highly recommended to me. In addition, I’ve been sleeping a lot, waking up with a headache each time and then going back to sleep again.
I was supposed to catch Shrek 3 with Nutella on Friday. That got postponed because of Nutella’s and my work. Such a shame, because both of us had worn matching lime green shirts that day and brought along our Shrek ears as well. But time constraint forced us to postpone it to Monday… which was when I was ill. So it’s been postponed again.
Yeah, I had to work on Friday night. No choice. Needed to get something which if I waited till later to get, would greatly inconvenience others. I was at a parish that was conducting a RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) class because I needed the kids to write down answers to simple questions for Fathers’ Day. Who knew it would be so hard?
Mothers’ Day was easy enough, but Fathers’ Day lands smack in the June school holidays, so there’s no catechism class that I can approach for help on this. The RCIC class I attended was small in numbers, and the person-in-charge said to be sensitive in asking the questions because some of the kids had no fathers. Half the class had to leave before I could pose the questions.
The sample size was too small for me to positively conclude that half of our Catholic children today are growing up without fathers, but it is enough to help me realise that, hey, this is indeed a problem… something that never used to be a problem in Singapore. Everyone had a father and a mother back then.
That sucks. Suddenly I realise that off the top of my head, I can think of at least three good friends who didn’t grow up with their father, and I realise that the rate of divorce is indeed getting to be a problem here.
It’s no exaggeration to say that a child who grows up without a father experiences difficulties in relating to others, especially towards men, but more importantly, towards God as Father.
A 35-year study by Barna Research Group revealed that when both father and mother set an example for children by going to church every Sunday, 72% of children continue to go to church on their own when they grew up. For children who grew up with only their mother setting the example, only 15% continued to go to church on their own, whereas for children who grew up with only their father setting the example, 52% continued to go to church on their own.
It is very important for a child to grow up in a family where both father and mother are around. I recall Anthony Yeo, Clinical Director of Counselling and Care Centre, say at a forum on homosexuality organized by Free Community Church, that all homosexuals come from a family with a father and a mother. How true. He neglected to mentioned that it is impossible for a father and a father, or a mother and a mother, to produce any children.
In any case, these are just some thoughts that have been running through my head. I thought it was good to put them down and also let you know why this blog hasn’t been seeing many posts till today. I have to stop here, because it’s time for medication.
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