In my seventy years (where did the time go?) of sharing this world with others, I can look back at history and recall various key very personal events. Those recollections allow me to look at the present and understand who I am (why I am) today! As for the future? Can you guarantee that I will have one?
In my past, there is a dear friend who attempted suicide (she failed). In my past, there is a young girl who had been sexually abused, and a young woman who was physically abused and emotionally abused. In my past there is a young child with a potentially terminal condition.
In my past there are addictions, a miscarriage, an abortion, bipolar, PTSD and OCD.
In my past are various volunteer positions – running a church youth group – befriending in a crisis intervention unit – creating and coaching a long distance running group – leading and developing a cycling group.
In my past there are feelings of financial strangulation; of emotional frustrations; of helplessness and of isolation. In my past, there are dreams which were never to be realized.
In my present there is a sensitivity to people who are experiencing difficulties coping with their life. In my present, there is a willingness to offer unconditional help wherever I can, without needing to know all the “details” in advance.
In my present, I recognize that people often simply need “space” to digest their particular circumstances, and I respect that need. In my present, I know that things are rarely what they appear to be, and a superficial assessment and conclusion is just plain wrong. In my present, I consciously try and keep an open mind about everything.
In my life, I have learned that material things are literally just “things”! Very few, if any, are irreplaceable and yet I also have learned that many people assess their own value by their possessions. (This is so sad because it is highly unlikely that any of us will be remembered because of our possessions).
In my past, I learned so much about life and people. In my present, I recognize that I am still learning, as are others who may may need to be encouraged to do so for, like me, that will always be the basis for their present.
Life is a never ending learning exercise, or at least it should be. The day that we decide that we have no reason to learn anything further, is the day that we should all be concerned about because, either we have lost our interest in life, or our arrogance will be dictating our view of the world. That would be a serious problem!
Proof-reading this Post, I have to conclude that yes… This is Life!