Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I feel in my heart that hope is undermined and not given the consideration it deserves.
There are times when I get angry when I hear people’s hopes get dashed by a person who thinks they have the right to tell these people that hope is not real or needed or is not to be believed in. Hope is a special thing that can come from the heart that can be combined with something higher. It can give somebody that little bit extra until such a time when hope is realised or gives them a better quality of life.
When you take away a person’s hope you have the capability to break a person’s spirit.
No one has the right to do that to anybody no matter how well intended their motives are. When you break a person’s spirit you cause pain as much as any physical pain caused by a break. Hope is something that can get people to face their days when otherwise they would not ever want to carry on or feel like no one believed in them to give them the edge in their lives. When you give them something to work for or live for the smile that they may give you in return will light up your life for many years to come.
Put yourselves in their shoes be it a child or even an animal, they need something to look forward to. May people reconsider what they are going to say sometimes and think how they would feel in the same position?
Your blessings will be in the reality that you have put sunshine into a dark void in someone’s life.Kind regards – Colleen
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We at church link with Dr Maureen Howard who uses our facilities to run Sustainability courses. We see her work as part of the total life-enhancing stuff we want our Space2B and Church buildings to be used for. She is a lively Irish lady who has a great sense of humour along with an intellect that allows her to know her stuff well and communicate creatively with depth and passion. I have seen her facilitating various groups and you cannot help but enjoy her take on life. Today I was talking to her as people were arriving for her class. There was warmth in their greetings and obvious pleasure at being together again. As I went back to the office I thought "Maureen is not just sharing knowledge, she is creating 'community' ". Indeed I believe this is done intentionally. She wants to create a supportive group feel about the whole issue of sustainable living, and she does it well.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I have had my Monday off. I slept in! That was so good. I took a car in to the garage to be repaired. After a tasty lunch I fiddled around on another vehicle and took it for a test run on some country roads. Then I just mucked around in my workshop. I fixed up a tow rope. I repaired and soldered up some jump leads. I fixed my battery charger and found a new and better container for it. I threw out some rubbish. I sharpened some tools. I sorted things, tidied things, fixed things and generally just had a nice day among my "men things" in my messy workshop. (It was funny. I knew I had a bigger electric soldering iron than the one I was using, but I could not remember where I had stored it. I looked and looked. I finished the job with the small one and then almost immediately spotted the big one stored in a place that was quite visible, accessible and in front of my face all along! As soon as I saw it I said, "Of course, I remember, I knew it was there!" Blind as a bat!) A blissful day. I could do with another one like it tomorrow! Tonight I have answered some work emails, written up the Church blog and kept in touch with today's Christchurch earthquake events.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
When I was a boy and even into my teens and adult years I used to hate mixing with people too much. As a boy my older brother used to complain that I always liked playing by myself. My mother used to call me "unsociable" and "selfish" and force me to play with my brothers by taking away the things I was playing with or the book I was reading. As a young boy/teen I liked nothing better than to hop on my bike and explore the world by myself. Mum and Dad often hosted people for Sunday night shindigs or Sunday lunches and I would often slink off to my room. (Much to my mother's disgust) I went to youth group and youth club functions and enjoyed them well enough, but often enjoyed watching and listening to others rather than conversing too much. I was never the centre of attention, the life of the party, but by choice really, a more quiet participant. I was part of a group of teens from the youth club that "hung" together, but I often enjoyed being by myself. Even as an young adult I did not like crowds. I recall in the early years of our marriage if we were up town on a Friday night there were times when I just had to get out of a department store to get away from people! It was almost a phobia. My poor new wife wondered what she struck. (Friday nights were crowded then - no weekend shopping) We would be moving through a shop and I would say, "I gotta go!" and leave her standing bemused while I pushed for the door. I think I had (perhaps still have to some extent) deep "trust issues" from somewhere in my childhood.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011