Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Balance - perspective - joy - sorrow and survival
I phoned my donation through early so I could turn off the TV and think of something else.
All the way in to St. M's I found my mind turning to the dreadful pictures and stories that are unfolding in this latest and most dreadful of natural catastrophies.
This was my SPACE duty morning, always very busy, sometimes fun, more often challenging I was glad to be occupied and in a manner which had some merit.
Later someone told me they had had a pet cat put down yesterday, once more dropping the mood down to zero.
Returning home this afternoon my neighbour's son came round to let me know he has passed his driving test. Full of high spirits he lifted the feel of the day back onto a happier level.
Watching the 6.00 pm news this evening more details were becoming known of the extent of the Nepal disaster and knowing there was nothing I could do I once more turned the TV off.
At 8.oopm I settled to watch my long-time favourite Holby City. A good storyline with some ups and some downs, my spirits rose to dizzying heights when the end of the programme saw the return of my hero - Heinrich Hanson.
My cup runneth over.
What absolute nonsense. How can a mere TV programme cancel out the misery of the events in the real world?
Well of course they can't, do not really do so, but what they do manage is to restore the balance in a day filled with highs and lows.
When people use the very over worked expression "a roller-coaster ride", this is, I think, what they mean.
Without the redeeming factor of light-hearted trivia we would all sink into the depths of depression if we allowed bad news to take over our lives.
Finding the balance is tricky and is difficult to sustain at times but is the key to survival. We are of no use to other people if we are not able to retain our own stability.
Anyhow, to end this wandering reflection, may God bless and help and inspire us to try to help the poor victims in Nepal.
Oh, and God bless Heinrich Hanson. :-)
Posted by Ray Barnes at 9:41:00 pm