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Advent on the Way

By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Nov 21, 2009

It is getting towards late November, which means that here in Virginia the weather could be sunny with temperatures in the mid 60s, or it could be rainy with temperatures in the upper 40s. As I was coming home from work on a wet, chilly day earlier this week, I was reminded that it isn't just Nature that changes with the seasons. Case in point: at this time of year, my wife and children begin to lose interest in walking down the (short) driveway to get the mail. Mail is fascinating in warm, pleasant weather--but apparently in cold, dismal weather it can wait until I get home from work! ;-)

Business also has its various seasons. At my office, work typically gets a bit frantic between Thanksgiving and Christmas (relaxed by our long Christmas break). Every year I think we likely will not have too much project work in December--and I don't know why, because every year we end up having as much as we can handle.

However, this hustle and bustle, combined with the usual family preparations for Christmas, makes it somewhat problematic to give Advent the appropriate contemplation that is its due. Therefore, I try to make a special effort to welcome God into my daily work during Advent. What does this mean, practically speaking? For me, it means  simply taking the time (more frequently than usual) to tell Jesus that I love Him, that I thank Him for the good that He has done for me, and that I can't wait for the celebration of His birth. Both good and bad life/business moments are good triggers to remind me to have this ten second conversation.

As Catholics in Business, this year let's make sure that Advent receives the attention that it deserves.

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