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Be there!

𝐁𝐞 𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞!
Whilst on a video call last night with our three grown children, my mind drifted back to when they were all much smaller.
In my minds eye, I was holding hands with our youngest daughter, walking through our beautiful park in town.
It felt like only yesterday, but 10 years have swiftly passed by.
Those tender moments are one of the sweetest, most enjoyable parts of life.
Suddenly – growing older, there can come a sense of having been there – and yet knowingly perhaps, I should have enjoyed the journey much, much more.
I’m sure those old like me, or older even – will understand my sentiment.
Life is going on all of the time.
Sometimes we are so focused on the next big thing, that we miss much of the beautiful scenery along the way.
Time with loved ones, the holidays, the picnics, the walks, the challenges are all part of π›πžπ’π§π  𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞.
There is purpose and meaning to all that we experience and undergo in this life.
We should enjoy our children when we have them around us, as I know now, they won’t always be with us.
Back then when they were young, they not only needed us, they also wanted us too!
We live through each part of our life only once, we don’t go back, so it is vitally important that we 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆!
There are few sweeter memories than your child’s hand in yours, walking with you.
Wherever you are, π›πž 𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞, be present and enjoy the moment, our life after all, is only a nanosecond of time.
How can you focus better, be present and be engaged in the here and now?

Being

I hesitate to share this story, but as I reflect upon what happened, I plead with you, let your hearts tune in for a just a moment.

There is a popular movie in the cinema at the moment – Little Women. On Sunday evening, I spent spent the most wonderful hour listening and observing to two of my favourite little women. It was a real joy as I witnessed a ‘guid auld blether’. Although both of these women are in their 80’s and 90’s and may be ‘little’ in physical stature now, they are positively huge in love and spirit for the Watson and Temple families respectively. In addition, they have influenced for good hundreds if not thousands of friends and neighbours. Thank you mum and Auntie Joyce for your kindness, love and constant examples of goodness.

My point?

They were π™—π™šπ™žπ™£π™œ themselves.

I’d like to comment on the pretence that far too many of us are addicted to the policy of π™¨π™šπ™šπ™’π™žπ™£π™œ rather than π™—π™šπ™žπ™£π™œ.

Things are not always what they seem, and neither are people. I have been fortunate in life to meet some remarkable people and great leaders, endowed with grace, humility and goodness. No matter the situation, difficult or easy, their motto was clear…

𝐓𝐨 π›πž 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦

In 2020, choose to π™—π™š and not π™¨π™šπ™šπ™’