With the festive season behind us for another year, our natural instincts are to look forward – to make statements, BIG statements about how our year is going to shape up and be even better than the one we just left behind.
We get all warm and fuzzy thinking about the blank canvas that is presented in our diary’s and how we are going to fill it with wonderful events, milestones and personal achievements.
Across the weekend my girl-friend Jo of almost forty years lost her mum suddenly to a stroke.
Today Jo is sad.
Today Jo is having to plan her mums funeral.
Today Jo has to sit and watch her dad fumble through time in a haze of shock of despair.
Today Jo doesn’t care much for what lies ahead because it looks like pain and heartache.
The yesterday is where Jo would rather be for that is where her mum would still be there to hold her hand.
When you are planning your year ahead take a little time to remember to love the ones you are with. Maybe hug them a little tighter than the day before.
Milestones, achievements, bucket lists do not always need to be grand and glamorous – just trying to be a little more present in the life of someone you love is by far the greatest accomplishment anyone can conquer.
Jo my pain comes from being thousands of miles away from you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you can find strength from your faith when your days are dark.
You mum may be gone from our today, but never from our hearts.
Yet another angel to watch over us and keep us safe.