Today is the first of a few days off. Yesterday and Monday too were stat holidays but the next few days are simply off. Buisness gets real slow between the two holidays so we generally just close. We would rather be home than waiting for patients who forget to come; we would rather be sleeping in ourselves than waiting for patients who do not come because they slept in.
Yesterday I sat soaking in the tub for over an hour using some of the wonderful stuff my staff gave me. I haven’t done that for a long long time. And all my family got to eat was leftovers and some cook it yourself pizza.
I began reading one of the books I got a while back to read for my personal interest project for my class. My project is on women and spirituality so I am reading a couple of the early women mystics and some of the deeply spiritual women writers of this and the past century. On my wish list to read are works by Theresa of Avila, Marie de l’Incarnation, Simone Weil, Dorothy Day, Sue Monk Kidd and Joan Chittister. If I had more time I would read some of the other early women mystics too. But I seriously think I need to read and take the time to think about what these women wrote and no try to read everything just now. Reading the ancient writings of these women mystics takes awhile. The style of writing is so different that it sometimes gets in the way of grasping the understanding of the message. Therefore I need to stop and think about the essence of what they are saying and what God wants me to here from them as well.
I want to hear from these women some of what it means to be a woman created in the image of God. I have been following the discussions over at Jesus Creed for the past few months as well and have learned a lot from those discussions – some good and some of the oppressive sort of stuff we women have lived with for ages. Some of what I am reading now deals with these attitudes and I will share some of this in later posts.
One of the best things about being on vacation for me is a lot of time to read – guilt free time off.