Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Not surviving but living and that well.

So many of us are contented with going through our lives and just surviving. I know, I've done it. However I was challenged by attending the funeral of a friend recently. He'd died at the very young age (nowadays) of 57 and yet all of us listening to the tributes were amazed by just how much he had achieved in that relatively short time, more than many of us could have achieved in double that time.

Yes this children's Optometrist made a 'ground-breaking' contribution to his profession, drawing a link between children's behaviour and eye sight problems. He even got two mentions in our local paper. All right, what I mean to say is not all of us are going to be famous or well-known in this world or make 'ground-breaking' contributions to our areas of expertise, but we can all be the best that we can be. By this, I don't mean in comparing ourselves to others but just in being the best that we can be ourselves and using our talents wisely, how many or how few. 

Jesus in changing the water into wine (John 2 v 7-10) made sure that the changed wine wasn't just any old wine but the very best, top quality wine. Let's be the very best in whatever we do Optometry or writing and make sure, if we can, that in doing what we do, we try to make the lives of others around us somewhat better for our having been here on the earth.  

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

In all circumstances

When February began I little thought that it's end and into March would face me with one of my biggest challenges to date both as a writer and as a person. One quick, momentary trip and I ended up in one of these :

yes, you've guessed it, I'd broken my arm and my right (write) one at that! Not the greatest thing for a writer who now finds that she has to type left-handed with a one finger jobbie. No, not exactly a speedy way for a novelist to proceed, it's hard enough just answering emails! But after two and a half weeks (broken 20th) I have made some progress and have now advanced to this brace:

which means a little more freedom of movement for my hand and shoulder, so little by little I'm overcoming. But as well as reading plenty (always good for any prospective author), I've also learnt a few salutary lessons -:
  1. Keyboards aren't a great tool for the disabled or one-handed typist!
  2. A good Biblical message - that in all circumstances we should learn to - 'give thanks' (1 Thessalonians 5 v 18) - a good message so that the experience isn't wasted but helps you to learn something from it, even if it's only to type one-handed with a left-hand and not a right-write-hand!