The Themes that echo through these pages and posts, to those important to me: my readers, followers and now friends gathered over the years, although many remain silent in their appreciation, must be the themes of peace and happiness.
To realise just how blest we are there is nothing like a list of things we are grateful for through every mood of experience whether seen in the moment as pleasant or arduous, the theme of gratitude.
And as I write these words there is the strange cooing of a dove in the topmost branches of a tree at the bottom of our garden that sounds so like the soft growl not to say snore of a sleeping puppy.
Two lady blackbirds alight on the fence, the one seeing that the other had prior claim, or perhaps more senior sway, gave way to return later in the day, while the prima donna had her fill from the hanging fat balls.
We were subsequently visited by blue tits and gold finches who love the sunflower seeds in a separate hanger. Although our plot is small the labour of love involved gives me great joy seeing the floral abundance and the appreciation of our feathered friends and also the fauna of the family of field mice that lives in the dry stone wall, where the themes suffer a twist into respect and tranquillity.
All of this only goes to show some of the entries in the list of treasures that bring me happiness, which proves the age old adage that you only get out what you are prepared to put in, to anything! Which when you think about it can apply to almost anything!
To a relationship, to work, to your home, the environment, the family, in fact to any group endeavour that relies so much on the willingness and giving nature of its participants. Even if others in the group enterprise do not give what you do , just be grateful that you are given the opportunity to give.
The biggest problem that we see for communities across the country and maybe across the world is the expectation of those who come to the belief that the world owes them a living, that the government , the local authority and even the rest of the family should provide, instead of finding out how they can help themselves and indeed how they can best help others in their community.
There are, however, guiding lights shining through the haze of the twilight zones that many see as their only outlook, who with little to call there own go out of their way to help others, and we see a movement afoot to encourage others to join the ever increasing volunteer force who help to keep things running smoothly, to maintain our heritage, to give support to those with physical and mental issues that nine times out of ten only need someone’s time to listen, share and to feel that someone cares. The established care organisations being stretched beyond reasonable limits are powerless to provide the much needed help that an ever increasing, aging and suffering public demand.
The demands put upon the dwindling resource of care and charitable groups to cope with the ever changing needs of this apparently ailing public only serve to highlight the fact that their funding in the long run comes from the very people who need them most through taxes and charitable donations.
With an ever increasing workforce of young able bodied men and women not earning or not willing to take on the work which we have relied upon to do by our cousins in the eastern European workforce, like the harvesting of fruit and vegetables, there is less revenue in the form of taxes to fund the needy care organisations and eventually us.
Can you see where the theme of this post is heading?
You may also be aware of the escalation in the changes we are all subject to!
Those changes come in two major areas: The most obvious are the changes already referred to and the less obvious, unless you are of that mindset, are the natural spiritual changes that are affecting us all on many levels in our makeup, in the areas of the mental, emotional and yes physical levels, all giving rise to a confused public wanting relief and answers which the medics are powerless to provide and often see and try to treat the symptoms which have little to do with the cause. All of this just adds further stress to the overburdened health service.
Our communities are in for quite a shock of change and those most affected will be those limited by the boundaries of the urban centres where one can feel alone amongst so many, whereas those within a much more inclusive community in the rural areas will respond more readily to the changes as they happen, giving support to their neighbours as a matter of course, community spirit is now almost in their DNA!
There are huge changes coming, imposed by the Internet and others by Brexit whether we leave with or without an acceptable deal for the UK or at the last minute remain as some would have it. So have the themes changed since the beginning of this article or are they the same?
Well, certainly it would seem that change itself has become predominant so how to cope with the changes when they arrive? In this respect the coping takes us back to the start where the aim no matter the environment or involvement demands that we all must look for those two, to the many elusive aspects of our existence to carry us through to peace and happiness.
It would be impossible to give the answer in just one paragraph or indeed post, but since the recurrent tags throughout this blog, since the beginning have been peace and happiness, we can recommend in a contemplative attitude of mind finding the many treasures of ancient and modern wisdom contained herein, that followers and those to come should carry on reading and especially to employ the recommendation to make the most important date with yourself every day and to become one with yourself, with the One and the Universe as you meditate the cares of the self away!
Certainly the younger you can encourage others to start the better and since five years old is when the learning begins to escalate it is as well to begin before that milestone is reached, depending on the aptitude and willingness of the individual. In most cases it only takes a little encouragement, especially if the adult practices at the same time!
Hanukah and the Angel.