I thought I’d try something new this week. When publishing my Tuesday posts, I often end up with leftover pieces of information or reflections that don’t make it in, so I thought I’d try sharing some of it in short form. I’ll try to keep things digestible and light. It’s Friday after all. Let’s go.
- Theft – On the blog this week, I mentioned a Rembrandt painting, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. I keep a print of it in my office. After first encountering the painting, I learned that the original was famously stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. It has never been recovered. Netflix has a fascinating 4-part documentary on the theft called, This is a Robbery. Check out the trailer here.
- Navigation – A prayer shared with me recently has become one of my favourites. St Francis de Sales gives us comfort and encouragement in trying times: We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.
- Out to Sea – In 2018, I attended a men’s retreat. I don’t recall having a strong reason for going and as the date approached, I was looking for any excuse not to go. For me, going to this retreat was an excursion into the unknown. To stay home would have been to stay at the dock – where it was safe. Despite my anxieties, I went and my life has not been the same since. Keep an eye out for my next Tuesday post, where I will detail what it was like to go and how finding the courage to face the unknown led to something amazing.
That’s it for the first ‘Three Things’. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Until Next Week,
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