We all get busy. Sometimes I look at our young men and wonder how they cope. My own school days seemed so uncluttered and simple in comparison. In the midst of ‘busyness’ it is quite easy to lose sight of what is really important. I look at my daughter, Charlotte, and my parents, reminding me that one of the great gifts small children and grandparents give us is that they have time to play and just ‘be’. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beautiful book The Little Prince tells us the story of a small boy, a fox and a rose; it is all about relationships. We are often busy about things we really think are important – matters of consequence. What is really important? The Little Prince says,
I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved anyone. He has never done anything in his life but add up figures. And all day he says over and over, just like you: “I am busy with matters of consequence!” And that makes him swell up with pride. But he is not a man – he is a mushroom!”
Towards the end of the book, the fox (the Prince’s mate) leaves him with this wisdom:
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. Time spent with those we love or in becoming more who we are meant to be is never wasted. Ultimately, that time is what really matters, it truly is a matter of consequence. What is essential to life? Love, courage, faith, trust, forgiveness and hope, perhaps all wrapped up in fun.
I am sure that many of our boys are tired and weary, some stumbling to get to the end of term! Rest assured there are many staff feeling the same way. I wish our Villanova community a wonderful and safe break, allowing time to be spent with those we love. Our thoughts and prayers go with the staff and students travelling to the Philippines on the AFAS exchange.
Young men may grow tired and weary,
Youths may stumble,
But those who hope in Yahweh renew their strength,
They put out wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary,
Walk and never tire!
Isaiah 40: 30-31
Mr Steven Bremner, Acting Principal