Stop the World and Get Off


I am beginning to like Holy Week. I was never really fond of it before for a number of reasons, but mostly due to the religious rituals being practiced and imposed on people, especially on little old me. However, I am seeing it in a different light now; I think I am starting to appreciate the silence it brings.

It is the only time of year that people actually respect your space and they give you the time you need to be by yourself. Most of them do it because they think you’re out on a retreat and communicating with your Savior, while others think that you’ve turned off your mobile because you are white-water rafting with some friends and being one with nature. Whatever your reasons are for disconnecting from the world—be it that you are just sick of hearing and seeing your mobile jiggle to your current melodic pop polytone or just want to finish reading your trashy romance novel in one sitting and in peace—people give you leeway without complaint. Besides, your friends and acquaintances probably choose not to bug you at this time because they probably have opted to turn-off all of their communication devices, too. Holy Week is so different from other holidays like Christmas when your already frenetic pace actually goes up a notch or two. No matter where you find yourself, it seems to stop time and you are left alone with your thoughts, the scorching sun, and endless silence.

Which kind of makes its stillness scary, too. At least for some people. I know some folks who look forward to this break and when they finally get it, they don’t know what to do with their time. They suddenly find themselves stripped of their daily existence—no looming deadlines, no constant ringing and humming of fax machines, and no urgent emails to flag. A bit jangling to the senses when you are used to the swiftness of modern life. They sometimes find it more stressful to de-stress and relax than chase after things. It’s hard to just Be when you always want to be useful and productive.

I, for one, have no trouble disconnecting. If anything, I think I enjoy it more than running alongside the other rats in the race. It has proven to be an obstacle several times in the past—I’ve pushed the “Escape” button one time too many—but at as a whole, it has been a plus to me because it has kept my sanity intact. So you can be sure that I will use this time wisely. No more griping as in Holy Weeks past about scary gigantic bleeding statues and pious soul-saving practices. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do. Besides, the peace I will find this week will be enough to save my soul. For a couple of days, at least.

And on that note, I shall leave you. Enjoy the silence. I’ll see you after Easter.


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