A Prayer for the Busy Week Ahead

I like this idea of a “prayer” for something. Having not been raised in a religious household I have missed out on this practice. However, “a prayer for…” is a common writing prompt and one that I am beginning to enjoy.

I guess you could call it whatever you want, if you are not comfortable with the idea of a prayer though as time goes on and I a) get older and b)travel further on my own “spiritual path” I am less bothered by the language inherent to each religion and more interested in the common condition.

I am sure I will riff more on that at a later date. I’ll add it to my “to do” list – the very one that I am about to take issue with – LOL!

Many of my fellow teacher friends and family are already on winter break. Unfortunately, I am not. I have three more days of work. And of course, I am behind on grading, planning, thinking, ruminating, contemplating and acting on work related issues, because, really, the Muse has been hanging around lately and I just can’t ignore her, now, can I? I mean, what writer with any measure of sense will just say, “Uh, hey, Muse, nice to see you but I am really busy grading this milk crate full of homework packets so if you can just hang tight I’ll get to you when I am done.”

Uh, nope. It’s a calculated risk, I know, but Reader, I took it. And yes, I know I am paying the price but I tell you what, if the Muse is there when I wake up tomorrow chances are I will offer to make her some coffee and listen to whatever it is she has to say, for as long as she wants to share. I am loving her company.

Huh, that’s odd, this post started out about prayer and all that I have ahead of me and has ended up about the Muse. She’s such a funny, fickle and did I mention demanding gal. Gotta admire the sneaky way she works herself into every conversation.

OK, the prayer for the week, the busy week ahead – at least it looks busy from here, but my vision is somewhat obscured by the eight ball I seem to be behind – my prayer goes something like this:

Dear Universe, please offer me the ability to prioritize wisely, to use my time fully and in a worthy fashion. Give me the strength to see the beauty and humor in all I encounter this week and to remain thankful for the blessings in my life evidenced by all I feel I have to do, in other words – a job, students who do their work, parents and students who care deeply about their grades, children and a husband to care for, friends and family to spend time with and the gift of being able to prepare a festive home and warm meals for them, and a Muse who has come to visit. I pray I am blessed with the ability to see the good in all the week brings to me. Amen. Insha’ALLAH. Namaste.

Gratefully (and calmly),