1. I am grateful for Saturday and Sunday mornings when I have nothing to do at 6:00 a.m. Instead of jumping out of bed after a brief period of contemplation and running off to work, I can remain in contemplative prayer for an hour or two or three if I want. I can think of no better way to start the day than alone with God.
2. I am grateful when I can see nothing because the sun has gone down and there is no lighting in our yard or area of town. I can walk and walk and talk and talk, spending a wonderful time in conversation with God in the dark and the silence. Without distractions, prayer deepens with the shadows.
3. I am grateful when nothing is happening at work, when I can close the door, hear only silence, and spend a few minutes lost in prayer. (I put up a note, saying "in conference," which is a true statement because I am in conference -- with God.) Such nothingness does not happen nearly often enough, but when it does, it is a real gift.
4. I am grateful when I have nothing on my schedule for the noon hour on Wednesday or Friday for that means I can attend daily Mass at a nearby chapel. Although I mark my calendar "Do not schedule," somtimes my admin assistant has no choice but to put on my calendar an event or meeting that has been mandated.
5. I am grateful when I have nothing I must do on the weekend for then I can read through book after book. Reading and learning are my food. The other kind I can go without. For physical food, I have a limited appetite, but I am voracious when it comes to reading and learning.
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