...do you recognize the characters?? I could say that this is overheard by the laundry pile….
That’s Not My Job!
This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.
Somebody got angry (about that) because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody knew that Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realized that Somebody wouldn’t do it.
And (/It ended up that) Everybody blamed Somebody
because (/when) Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
or the alternative last line:
And (/It ended up that) Everybody blamed Somebody because Nobody actually asked Anybody.
The above poem may be a shortened version of this poem:
a poem about responsibility
There was a most important job that needed to be done,
And no reason not to do it,
there was absolutely none.
But in vital matters such as this, the thing you have to ask
Is who exactly will it be who’ll carry out the task?
Anybody could have told you that everybody knew
That this was something somebody would surely have to do.
Nobody was unwilling; anybody had the ability.
But nobody believed that it was their responsibility.
It seemed to be a job that anybody could have done,
If anybody thought he was supposed to be the one.
But since everybody recognised that anybody could,
Everybody took for granted that somebody would.
But nobody told anybody that we are aware of,
That he would be in charge of seeing it was taken care of.
And nobody took it on himself to follow through,
And do what everybody thought that somebody would do.
When what everybody needed so did not get done at all,
Everybody was complaining that somebody dropped the ball.
Anybody then could see it was an awful crying shame,
And everybody looked around for somebody to blame.
Somebody should have done the job
And Everybody should have,
But in the end Nobody did
What Anybody could have.
Maybe this is just another reason why we must read of the lives of the Saints. They were men, women, and children…but their hearts delighted in doing God’s Will…We need to don the new sight of the Saints…to SEE what He has placed before us…and ASK for the COURAGE to go forth and DO His Holy Will…to… SURRENDER.
I abandon myself with my whole heart to God’s will, and to God’s good pleasure — and when I have in all sincerity made this act of self-surrender, I experience great tranquility and perfect peace.
-Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc
I could say, with you, that my heart doesn’t age in this matter of loving others…. We know well we have the same heart we had earlier; it always knows how to love God first and then others in [God]….
-Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc
Read More about Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc and how to SURRENDER here!
….hmmm so what shall I tell the children about conquering that pile of laundry and vanquishing laziness in order to slay what we call Mt. Never-Rest?? (AKA the dreaded laundry pile)
"Servants are obliged to do the will of their masters, workmen of their employers, children of their parents, husbands of their wives. Well, in these cases let your will go with that of those who have a right to command you. Don’t rebel against it. Sanctify what is, after all, a necessary act. Make it in a certain sense your own, sanctify it, and get merit from it. And again, when you are your own master, be on your guard against going too much by your own opinion."~John Henry Newman
But, I don’t think that will work for THEM…me maybe…but they need something stronger…more fantastic….looks like this is a job for our latest read-aloud… St Joan of Arc by Louis de Wohl (a Vision book)
This is a quote from Ignatius Press’ site…."Best of all, de Wohl is not interested solely in the external details of Joan’s life, but in Joan’s all-encompassing love for God, which informed all her courageous actions from beginning to end. You’ll not only thrill to Joan’s heroism; your heart will delight in her example of loving surrender to God’s will. Every detail of her life will ring out to you as a joyful witness to the grace of God."
Ok, Kids! Go forth and Conquer!!