Count your blessings…
This week everyone has been saddened by the death of Captain Sir Tom. He achieved so much in his life and appears to have been a person with a positive outlook, who prioritised wellbeing and cared for others. It just goes to show the impact that one person can have, when they want to make a change for the better. He was a ray of hope and an inspiration for us all, during uncertain times.
I often mention my nan and her twin in my messages. At 100 years old, they are the oldest people I know, and as with Captain Tom, I find them inspirational and grounding. There is so much we can learn from the older generation in terms of the simplicity of their outlook and the way they manage disappointment and hardship.
My grandfather on my mother’s side lived into his 80s and died 15 years ago. He was from a large family, not unusual at the turn of the 20th century, he was one of 12 children living in a tiny house in Kent. He was a man of faith and genuinely believed that his purpose in life was to help others and spread joy. He was a practical man who re-upholstered furniture, grew vegetables and loved being in nature. In the summers, we would spend a week or more with him and my nan in their home in Kent as our summer holiday. We never really did anything that exciting: a trip to the beach, a walk in a woodland or a visit to a local beauty spot. However, he made every day an adventure. He created stories with his words and his knowledge of the local flora and fauna brought it alive for us as children. Moreover, he made even the mundane seem enticing. He would tell me that he had saved a particular apple for me and would peel the skin a long snake whilst I watched. I am sure the apple was one of many in the bowl, but the way he presented it to me, made it the most amazing prize.
My grandfather is no longer with us, but memories of him continue to play a part in my life and that of my children. He reminds me of the simple things in life and the importance of positivity. He would have embraced our five ways for wellbeing, as in essence that was who he was as a person, and how he managed his daily life. He kept things simple, enjoyed what he had, and looked after those around him. It is a simple message that I hope we will all embrace this weekend.
Stay safe and well,