The Word Among Us

May 2018 Issue

A Footbridge to Surrender

St. Joseph helped me walk past the uncertainty of retirement.

By: Margaret Ann Stimatz

A Footbridge to Surrender: St. Joseph helped me walk past the uncertainty of retirement. by Margaret Ann Stimatz

I had worked in the special education program only a couple of months. Why did it feel like forever? From the outset I knew that the six little boys in the program could be unpredictable and violent, but two elements of the job were unexpectedly difficult: the physical rigors and the unrelenting pace. The combination of both of these elements left me exhausted and stressed-out. I had taken this part-time job as a “step down” from full-time work. But instead of feeling more rested, I was at my wit’s end.

A single woman at retirement age, I should have been slowing down—but I wasn’t. Ever since I was a child, family circumstances had...

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