Home » Beliefs and works » Blog » Thanksgiving – Balance

Thanksgiving – Balance

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre

In mid 1960s, a young Paul Simon was touring England on a solo visit just as his fame was about to break. After struggling for so long the goal of recognition was now within sight. He was paid around £100 pounds for a gig and reflected it was just about right. Not too little, as many troubadours are made to beg for, and not too much, as stadium rock giants are inclined to demand. In short, he had struck the perfect balance of doing what he loved and being adequately recompensed for it. He knew it would soon pass and go from the sublime to the ridiculous, but for the time being it was a grand place to be.

Simon and Art Garfunkel

The art of weighing the scales in life can be a very tricky business. Do we work too hard, to the detriment of our families? Are we too inclined to indulge in sweets or drink, and then not as prepared to do any of the walking or jogging which would soon work it off? Do we chisel over other people’s bills and invoices, but then expect to charge everyone top dollar for our own services? It certainly requires a lot of perspective and a good network of friends to get the picture when our lives are out of balance. For women in particular, as Barbara de Angelis noted, there is a real need for moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of themselves they give away.


Fortunately in the Brisbane Archdiocese we are well served by a number of places where you can retreat to reclaim some harmony and equilibrium. The Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre overlooking beautiful Moreton Bay at Ormiston can accommodate either guided or self-guided retreats. The Jesuit run Faber Centre at Toowong also offers a wide variety and mix of reflective programs attuned to getting you back at peace with yourself and operating on an even keel. If you can’t commit to several days of being away then shorter visits to the Pauline Father’s Monastery (Marian Valley), or praying with the Carmelites during a Mass at Ormiston are one of several options to fine tune your sense of balance.

To those people who are able to master the art of the work-life balance, and who can also model it successfully or facilitate it for others, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Literature

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: All audio, visual and textual content which is included or linked to from this webpage remains the property of the original recording artist, author, producer, director or photographer, as the case may be, and the use of it is not intended to disobey any copyright law.

The images used and links made on this webpage are all done so on the understanding they fall under the Australian Copyright Act’s Fair Dealing provisions for the purposes of “Criticism and Review”.

No commercial activity or financial gain has been generated by the content on this webpage.

Scroll to top