Academics - and colleagues of mine have expressed this same thought to me as well - academics is a hard road emotionally. One is constantly being evaluated. The industry is competitive, very, overtly competitive. Even when no one says anything, the pressure remains. But here's what I can say to you for when you are feeling low and worthless, and it's advice that I follow myself: when you get a slap and you're stinging, just wait a bit and the Lord will send you consolation and aid. Often, at least this has been my experience, He sends a good word via a brother or sister in Christ. I find that the one thing that Christ is saying to me most often these days in prayer is:
"Trust me. I know how to take care of you; you can trust others or Me, but when you are trusting others to save you, you are not trusting Me, and that's what I want for you. We'll take it one little step at a time. Small little bits of faith in Me is what I'm asking of you now, and I know you can do that little bit."
In other words, waiting for Him to comfort you and take care of you is an act of faith.
I got one of those slaps the other day. But just before that I got a great compliment, and then just today another one. One was from a teacher of mine, the other from a student. That means a lot.
Thanks, God, and thanks my sisters in Christ!
Perhaps today was about a little compliment for Cardinal Ouellet. I am so happy for him, for Quebec, and for Canada. Are you remotely aware of how significant this is for the future of the Church in Canada? The bloggers and news sources I have been reading about it don't seem to be aware of this.