Archive for ‘August, 2020’

Words of hope

A beautiful garden

A reflection for those who need hope at the moment…

Many people are out of work and struggling. Self-doubt and fear are routine companions.

Tough times can break us, but they can also wake us up. Comfort causes slumber, whereas discomfort demands our attention.

Hardships bring opportunity for change, good or bad. The best change happens when courageous, humble people are willing to face up to fear and uncertainty, to go through it, to endure, in order to lead others to a better place on the other side.

Like a beautiful garden, the best change requires patience and cannot be rushed. To accept this is counter-cultural, in a society where hurry, ego and ‘progress’ are all order of the day.

It sometimes takes turmoil to set new life in place; like when a farmer ploughs the earth – the plough brings disruption, though it’s ultimately life-enabling, bringing new growth.

Writer C.S. Lewis expresses it well…

“When the most important things in our life happen we quite often do not know, at the moment, what is going on.”

So, to everyone struggling with life right now – be patient and take courage… things are not always as they may seem.

Finding direction in the storm

Image of a compass

What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Sit with this for a moment.

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Most people will recall a happy time, free of life responsibility — a place of comfort.

For others, this will surface more challenging memories — ones they’d sooner forget.

Whatever your experience, the natural next step is to reflect on what’s happened since that time — to retrace the story of your life from then to now.

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Renewing the human connection

Connection

What does ‘connection’ mean to you? To most people it means two things: wi-fi and social media.

But — what if the question was reframed as “What does ‘connection’ mean to you, as a human being?”

As we’re becoming more connected through social media and the world of ‘digital experiences’, it seems we’re becoming more disconnected at a human level.

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