The Caboose Syndrome

Do you have a strong lazy streak? Do you prefer letting others do all the work? Do you usually benefit from other peoples' efforts? Do you let others make all the effort of trying to carry on a conversation? Do you enjoy being around people who are always trying to be joyful, helpful, who try to make a good environment…. but do you usually not make too much of an effort to contribute to that good, helpful, joyful environment?

Let’s look at some different situations: When you see others working and doing things do you ever think…

Situation 1: “Well that looks like a lot of work, ummm, I’m going to go see if there is something a little easier that I could do, maybe sitting down…

Situation 2: Uh, I don’t feel like getting all sweaty and getting my hands dirty right now…. wasn’t there something I had to do….. oh, yeah, I just remembered something super important that I have to do on my phone…

Situation 3: hmmm…. that looks like a lot of work…. I think I’ll take advantage and go use the restroom and fix my hair a bit, and maybe when I come back they’ll be finished…

Situation 4: What’s-his-name is always smiling, it seems like he's always in a good mood, always thinking of others and trying to create a good atmosphere, he always have something nice or funny to say, I love being around him.  But when I’m in a bad mood everyone just has to put up with me. I don’t feel like smiling right now, I don’t feel like talking right now, well, they just have to put up with it….

Have you ever seen a train? (I’m assuming it’s not something that uncommon…) At the front of the train is the engine, then all the cars and the caboose. The caboose is always last. And the engine is the only one who is pulling; the others just follow behind and are being pulled by the engine. Are you an engine or a caboose? Do you help pull the weight or are you a weight for others?

Our tendency is always towards what’s more comfortable. We have to be careful not to convert into lazy cabooses. Be ordered, having everything in its place, in your life, in your priorities, in your actions, even in your room or your house. A lazy person doesn’t know anything, doesn’t say anything, they’re always in the corner doing nothing. We have to be engines…just be careful not to convert into unbearable engines that are always correcting and judging others, and complaining that “I have to do all the work and no one else helps out.”

Now, let’s be honest here, all of us have a little bit of caboose in us, but the less caboose moments we give into, the better. So if you see that you’re suffering from an acute or grave case of this syndrome, get your caboose in gear! (haha, cheesy joke) Look at Christ! Look at Him on the cross, examine yourself in Him, examine your life with His life. And what’s not going good, change it. And let’s see if as soon as possible you can start, not only pulling your own weight, but being a strength and help to pull others along the path to holiness!

Learn to love Our Lady a TON! And may Our Good Mother, strength of the weak and lazy, give us the push we need to turn into engines for many souls!

Spiritual Illness I: Slinky Syndrome


hna kelai

My name is Sister Kelai Maria, I am a Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother since 2007. I was born in Arizona (USA) but have also lived in Oregon, Alaska, Florida, Spain, and Ireland. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and found my vocation shortly after my conversion. Every day I thank Jesus that I am His and that I am a Servant Sister. All of eternity will not be enough to thank Him for saving me and for how much He has loved and loves me!