One evening last year, my youngest son, ten years old at the time, ran himself a bath. He’d been in for a little while when, with his permission, I nipped in to grab something I needed from the bathroom cupboard.
I have smart things listening to me everywhere! No, really I do, and, in what might be shocking news for some for you, I don’t really mind. I quite like the idea that all I have to do is say a ‘magic word’ and a smart thing will spring to life and answer my query or make stuff happen, like switching on my lights.
How many of us are prepared to stick something out for the long haul, never knowing when, or if, we're ever going to make a real difference?
At the time of writing this, the whole of the world is in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc to economies and more importantly has devastated a lot of lives. In amongst all this, a lot of us are in lockdown. This means that we are being asked by various governments across the globe to stay at home and to try and slow the spread of the disease so that our health systems are not overwhelmed and can cope with a steadier stream of patients.
What legacy are you leaving? I don’t mean money, or property, or any kind of material possession or wealth. What I’m really asking is what memory of you are you planning to leave for the generations to come?
I went shopping today. It’s not that I’ve never been shopping before. It’s just today, for the first time since the coronavirus started to take hold, I went to a larger supermarket. Although nobody was running or shrieking, there was, I’m sad to report, a palpable feeling of panic.
Do you know this little ditty: “Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!” Doesn’t that sound great? All we need is to adopt a problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata! Don’t you feel better already?
Back in the mid-noughties, about 3 years after I’d become a Christian, I attended a Bible school for a year. It was a strangely fascinating and intense year. For anyone who has ever had to move to a different part of the country to attend a school, or indeed move to a different country altogether, you’ll know that it drags you out of all sorts of different comfort zones. In this instance, my wife, Kathi, and I also lived on-site with a few other students. On top of this, Kathi also worked as PA to one of the college directors. It was a pretty full-on year!
“I love you.” “I’m sorry.” “How can I help?” These are three simple phrases that just might change your life.
A couple of weeks ago, my wife, Kathi, told me she had read in an article that saying those things regularly to one another in a marriage could strengthen the relationship. Possibly, even save it.