I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to be productive and efficient, which means that I’ve spent a lot of my life avoiding interruptions (even when they’re people). I guess I thought that the ends somehow justify the means: if I’m doing something important, it’s okay to treat people like interruptions instead of treating them like . . . people.

     I don’t want to live that way anymore. That’s partly because, when I was too sick last month to be productive and efficient, I had to rely on other people. They didn’t treat me like an interruption. They treated me like an opportunity, and it felt very good.

“[Interruptions] are obstacles that get in the way of our being highly productive and efficient. And yet . . . they also present us with opportunities--opportunities to give our attention to others . . . , to concern ourselves with their troubles, to identify with their pain, to recognize and honor them by taking time to listen, to be for them a channel of God’s compassion and peace.” Br. David Vryhof

“Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:36