Manic Mondays

I try to be a positive person – but with all the effort in the world, there are some customers who walk in and manage to suck all the positivity out of you,

Take for example the guy who comes in with a snidely smile on his face. Why can I see his smile? Because this guy refuses to wear a facemask, not for health reasons, but because he says it violates his human rights. Does he care about the older patients who are sitting waiting for their prescriptions? Apparently not.

Not satisfied with the display of not wearing a mask because he does not stop there. No, he wants to tell every member of the staff and every customer waiting that this is all one big hoax and we are all deluded.

The way he does it is so odd. It’s as if he tries to sweettalk people, subtlety persuading them to listen to him and ignore everything the authorities and the NHS have told them.

We dread him coming in. The truth is, we are always relieved when he leaves. He upsets staff and customers. He is just one – and so I think I am going to share some of our mad customers that make Mondays manic for us.

The Colours Of The Rainbow

This Sunday’s theme is colours – great theme! I have gone with one of the most famous musicians of all the 20th century – the legendary Louis Armstrong. This is one of those songs that makes me smile no matter what. There is a lot of colour and a lot of wonderful going on in there!

Credits: Douglas George and Thiele Bob

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying
“I love you”

I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll never know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Saturday Snaps

Back in the days when we used to be able to travel (do you remember those days?) a road trip along the coast of South Australia kept us stopping to take photographs every five minutes.

I miss those days. I would love to travel again, but at the same time I think the environment/climate need a break from the amount of travelling we were doing before the pandemic. Sustainable travel that does not ruin our planet is what we need.

Perspective

I heard an interesting illustration a while back. It was comparing laws to a cage. We sometimes feel disgruntled when it comes to laws that restrict our freedoms. We might resent those laws because they prevent us from doing what we want to do. We may complain that we feel as if we are in prison because of those laws and how they have limited our enjoyment of life.

The guy who was giving this illustration went on to say that rather than focusing on the laws and the restrictions they bring, perhaps we should look at why they are there. There is a lion seeking to devour us. Suddenly the laws are a protection that will save our life.

The fact is most rules and laws are there to keep us safe. We sometimes forget the danger we are in. But changing our viewpoint may help us realize that we are loved. Even if we don’t feel like it, our lives are important and those laws are there to keep us safe and healthy.

Perspective makes all the difference.

WHAT DO YOU SEE? prompt from Sadje

Thursday Verse

Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

I have never seen it for myself, but I have read that in the Middle East, sparrows have been sold in the markets as an item of food. Think shish kebabs. In ancient times, of all the birds used for food, sparrows were the cheapest.​

This explains why Jesus pointed to those sparrows and how cheap they cost, how little the value of their life was considered, and he said that not one of them was forgotten by God.

He used this powerful example to encourage his followers not to be afraid – they were precious in the eyes of their Creator.

There may be times when we feel worthless, especially as in this world. we may suffer harsh treatment from others. Yet in the eyes of God, our lives are precious. He is aware of all of our suffering and the challenges we face.

Wednesday Writer

If you would like to be featured on my new series starting next week “WEDNESDAY WRITER”, please leave me a message in my comments or use the CONTACTS page to send me a message. I will send some interview questions over to you.

I will be featuring other bloggers, poets, writers and photographers. This is all about finding out about other bloggers and what they enjoy most about blogging. It would be awesome to feature some of the great people out there who have some serious talent.

Next week I am going to be featuring Jenna Kirkpatrick, RASPBERRY RIPPLES – so look out for her interview and get to know why she started her blog on WordPress and what she is enjoying most.

This Should Not Be Political

It’s hard to explain my headspace over the weekend. I came home from work on Friday night to hear news reports suggesting that the new vaccines had become a startling political issue.

It was one of the most demoralising phases of this pandemic for me. The idea that nations could virtually “go to war” over a vaccine designed to help keep people healthy and safe, was truly discouraging.

The whole world needs to be offered the vaccine and that will take time, but we will get there. We have to, if we want to feel safe. There should not be a mad scramble to get in there first. Everyone will need the offer of a vaccine for the world to be safe.

I believe most people feel that it it is right to offer the vaccination to everyone. So governments should not let us down by sparring politically in a time we are trying to heal the world.