#475 I’m writing about #loneliness and #bereavement this week. Do we pull together as #community these days? Do we #surround those who are #grieving? When do we expect that they should have come to terms with their loss? Can you ever go back to normal after losing a loved one?
#412 #day24 of placement involved a talk at #coffeepot, a group for those who are #lonely or recently #bereaved. I spoke of how for much of my life, in school, in my family, at university and in searching for graduate employment, I so often found myself feeling profoundly #leftbehind. Even after returning from living in Japan for four years I struggled to find my way and found that people’s lives had moved on in my absence. It’s taken years for me to fully shake this off because I perhaps wasn’t as sharp or as quick as my peers, or I lacked passion for something. I have found that it takes some of us longer than others to find that passion, to see our place in the world – sometimes our journeys are much longer, yet no less valid. Today I #pray for all those who feel left behind at school, work or with family and friends. May you be granted courage to take time to find your way – and may you wait for the Lord to renew your strength, may you mount up on wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. #isaiah40v31
#403 #day21 was a planning day and amongst other things I was preparing a talk for a group which is made up of recently bereaved people, and those who feel lonely. For #inspiration I went for a walk and found a first #signofautumn. I was reminded of my first days of school as a child, seeing #acorns in the playground. I was one of those #latedevelopers and those who raced ahead, like this acorn, gave me a sense of being #leftbehind. It would be years until I would fully shake off that feeling. It made me wonder whether we are a little too quick to leave people behind? Perhaps the people I was preparing my talk for will be able to identify with that…what can we do differently to ensure people feel #included rather than #excluded?