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.  


  1. Sorry about the loss of your friend, Sheila. I trust he had a fulfilling, inspiring life.
    Best wishes

    1. Hi Francesco, How are you and what are you doing? I'm still writing the odd few articles + sending in press releases to the Echo from time to time, although nothing at present as just getting over a broken right arm. Also hoping to have my novella published soon and writing a full length historical novel. Please follow my blog and I'll follow yours.