Impermanence is a concept found in Buddhism which refers to the fact that nothing in human existence ever stays the same. This week, I was reminded of this only too well.
1.On 22nd May 2017 there was a terrorist attack on the MEN Arena in Manchester; the second worst attack in the UK since the London bombings in 2005. I’ve been to the MEN Arena a few times to see some of my favourite bands. It brings home the reality that life is precious, and you never know when it will be taken. I’m thankful that amidst such an incredibly sad situation, people have pulled together to support those in need. It really brings home the power of the human spirit.
2. I’m grateful for the emergency services; they work incredibly hard to keep the general public safe. Also, the National Health Service (NHS) which, despite lots of criticism, does amazing work and is made up of some of the most dedicated people. Again, this was brought into stark relief on 22nd May.
3. An individual with whom I have worked for over 2.5 years will be moving to another hospital next week. I won’t see him again before he goes so we said our goodbyes on Friday. He thanked me for everything I’d done and I said I’d enjoyed working with him. It’s sad when someone leaves, and I don’t really know whether I’ve done much to move him forward, but I do know that I’ve treated him with respect and humanity and I think that was reflected in the quality of our working relationship.
4. It’s been hot! Very hot! I’ve spent the last few evenings sat in the garden with Alan and the furbabies just soaking up the sun, and it’s been wonderful.
5. I’m thankful for good friends who make me laugh and remind me that, when life feels a bit tough, there’s much to be grateful for.
6. I’ve slept more than usual this weekend. Seems like my body needed it, so I’m glad I listened to it.
7. It was Alan’s birthday on 25th and I’d been buying things over the last few months rather than spending money all in one go. This meant I could give him a few presents on his birthday. One thing I knew he wanted was a cafetiere to have ‘proper’ coffee. I got him one along with some speciality coffee samples. They include flavours like truffle, amaretto, and Irish coffee, so he’s really enjoying those. I get a lot of pleasure out of seeing him happy 🙂
8. He also got some money from my mum and treated himself to a new electric razor as his other one had stopped working. He thought he’d shave his beard off to see what it looked like but quickly knew it was a mistake. Above he is wearing the latest trend of ‘dog beard’, courtesy of Cookie!
9. Tomorrow is a holiday day here in the UK so if the weather holds up we’ll be out exploring again. Only three more weeks until we go away. I can’t wait!
10. We spent some time this weekend looking online for the things we can do while we’re on holiday, which was fun. It’s not that we stick to a strict itinerary but it’s nice to have an idea of things we can do if we fancy something different from walking.
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