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#5 Sunday ABC

This is my very un-regular regular post! Please feel free to join in with your own responses either in the comments or as your own post 🙂

A is for Affirmation

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B is for Best, Worst and OMM

Best – Gosh it’s a bit hard to cast my mind back on the week that was – school went back for last term that’s a definite best (!) but other worthy mentions include, a beautiful christian funeral, a productive action plan meeting with a community group, first cricket game including shopping with my daughter and just generally a nice rate of busyness

Worst – Developing a cold, with a persistent dry throat – son waking up with ear aches

OMM – (On my mind) Watched the movie The Post last night about the Washington Post’s involvement in leaking the Pentagon Papers (about the US’s involvement in the Vietnam War) with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – it was a bit slow but supremely interesting, leading me on to a Wikipedia binge learning more about the real life events and characters.

I’ve also just finished reading Rogue Nation by Royce Kurmelovs a South-Australian non-fiction writer (and journalist) about Australia’s populist uprising and outsider politics. Although a bit too focused on Pauline Hanson for my liking, it did cover other minor parties and inferred why many Australians are dissatisfied with the major parties. A fascinating easy-to-read book about politics, good enough that I want to buy my own copy.

C is for Community

B came easy for me this week but A and C are a bit harder. It’s been a good week generally so I don’t really want to highlight the bad stuff but grief is a part of life and it shouldn’t be swept under the carpet.

In the last weeks I’ve lost three friends. I sit here typing and wondering how awful it is to say thankfully none too personally close to me (?) but all affecting my community. Death sadly is all around.

In relation to this topic, I am grateful to Lori Greer who shared two beautiful and poignant prayers on her blog this week. I hope she doesn’t mind my sharing of her words as she experiences the loss of her daughter in law to cancer. There are no words really for grief.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”   Meister Eckhart 1260-1328  Christian Theologian

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Talking about death and grief can be distressing and it is important that we take care of ourselves at such times. Access support by speaking to someone – a family member or friend or one of the many helplines available, for example lifeline on 131 114.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “#5 Sunday ABC

  1. What an insightful habit you’ve adopted, Gee Jen, to consider the ABCs of the past week as each Sunday rolls around. I, too, am sorry that your recent weeks have included more grief than their share. Your choice of the word, community, is certainly fitting. May the Comfort of God be another “C” that characterizes your week.

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