Today, I received a wonderful little piece by way of a friend’s blog. It’s a brief biography of Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp, subject of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s famous 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, “The Sound of Music.”
I enjoyed the bio because it mentioned a number of interesting details about Captain von Trapp’s life that I’d not known before, and I thought you’d enjoy it, too. I also enjoyed it because I suspect the dear Captain may be following me – or at least nudging me. In a very kind gesture, another friend of mine had recently loaned me a copy of the book, The Trapp Family Singers. She likes to read it each Advent, and as she read it this past season, she spontaneously thought of me, that perhaps I’d enjoy reading it. She brought it along to Mass one Sunday and handed it to me.
What was especially sweet about this is that my friend knows that, as I’ve gotten busier and busier with work, I’ve made less and less time for leisure reading. Nearly all of my reading is somehow work or ministry related. I think this was her loving, subtle way of telling me, “Slow down a little. Relax.”
She’s right. I do need to slow down (just a little). I love my work, but I can easily become consumed by it. Isn’t that true for all of us at times? When I saw the piece about Captain von Trapp, I realized that I’d not even opened the book from my friend, even though I’ve had it for many weeks. Yeah, I felt guilty, too. That’s partly because I’d happily committed to reading the book and felt as though I’d let my friend down, and partly because I realized I was doing it again – allowing myself to be driven by work and ministry.
Now I’m not sure who to thank – my friend, or Captain von Trapp – for the reminder. Perhaps I’ll thank them both by making myself a cup of chamomile-spice tea, putting my feet up, and spending some time with the Trapp Family Singers.