It's been a difficult few weeks for a number of reasons. Yet as I sit here watching, breathing, owning the moment, I know that life keeps turning, and moving forward. The seasons continue and we are now into spring, and crocus, daffodils and primroses have begun to show around the area.
Our garden is bare, a new patch, nothing planted by the previous Tennant and it was a new build just a few years ago so the land is full of builders rubble under the sparsely grown grass. Yet, we are lucky, two old copper sycamores stand in the corner and grey squirrels play, birds come to the feeders and all can be seen from the glass in the french doors. Nature keeps moving, even while I sit and be still.
I notice some rain drops move quickly down the glass, others are still, some move very slowly.
People and life are like that, for some life speeds on either with problems happening, one thing happens after another, or just simply getting older. We watch our children grow, and yet suddenly they are adults, "when did that happen?" we wonder. Or being single, praying for love to enter our lives, perhaps even children of our own, yet suddenly your 50 and the moment has passed.
For others life moves so slowly, boredom, unhappiness, never ending problems, mental health issues, depression and simply being young all can lead to the feeling that time passes so slowly.
I asked some of my community what made them happy.
Family, children, relationships, love, good food. Where the top answers.
No one mentioned
Materials things such as tech or cars or even holidays, No one mentioned, careers, and even dare I say it church or God.
The things that matter where relationships.
People, family, love.
This week I am very grateful for my family with all the problems that we go through just as others do in their lives.
I am grateful for love. I am also thankful that I have a God that loves me deeply and a relationship with him. I want others to have that too.
I am grateful that nursing has taught me that kindness is a language that is expressed by humanity in the hardest moments of our lives.
As I sit and watch the raindrops I pray for the people I know. People who feel that there lives are in a spin, -raindrops running down a pane so quick they feel their feet are not touching the ground.
As I watch the still raindrops, I pray for the people who are stuck. Stuck in the moments of sadness, darkness, unhappiness, stuck in jobs that brings boredom, ill health. Stuck in the benefits system, stuck with their relationship with God.
As I watch the raindrops that move slowly, pray for the people who feel life is boring. yet I also pray those who are happy at present who wish life can always be this way. And I pray for those who want life to move slowly, -those who have a terminal illness, relatives praying for more time and life to move slowly savouring each minute given to them.
We cannot stop the seasons moving. Life will always find a way of continuing on with, or without us participating. But we can make life more bearable by the language of kindness, compassion and love. And a relationship with God.
What makes us happy? Love, relationships family.
We need to let people know that God loves them, we need to show our community's that Gods love is there by the language of kindness to each other, by compassion, by empathy and in relationship with one another. We can change the world by acts of kindness each day. What will you do today I wonder?
Today I watch the raindrops, but tomorrow rested, I will change the world for one person at time, with love.
With the language of kindness.
Will you join me I wonder?