Thursday, 16 June 2011
It's the end of the day. I hadn't even realised that it was Thursday until I read/listened to Jaz's vlog. In fact I wouldn't have read Jaz's blog nor, indeed, anyone else's blog if I hadn't read Mark's comment on Facebook that Jaz had done a vlog and I was curious to see what one was. So now I know.
Jaz I am overawed by your courage in doing the vlog and I'm wondering if I will be able to muster the courage to do the same. And Jaz, it was wonderful to see you looking so beautiful, happy and well. Long may it continue.
The last seven days has been very mixed in many ways: what I've done and where I've been; what I've read and what I've seen; what I've experienced and how I've reacted. In short it's been a fairly typical week in many ways.
One of the things that I have done a few times during those seven days is complain. I complained because I was cold and wet in the croquet tournament at the weekend and had to wait so long between games when I was cold and wet. I complained because of the weather during the week and because I was cold. I've complained about a few things. OK some of these complaints were not so much complaints as general grumps.
Then I was made aware of just how much some of my friends really have to complain about. Then I read Fiona's Blog about the ongoing problems caused by the earthquakes in Christchurch. Then I heard from a friend whose daughter ...... and another friend who's father is in hospital ........... I could go on but I won't.
This evening when I saw Jaz I realised just how much courage and fortitude she has. When I read Fiona's blog I realised how much courage and fortitude she and so many in Christchurch have. And how little they complain compared with how much about which they have to complain.
So tonight I am thankful for those around me who make me realise just how fortunate I am, give me a true reality check and make me stop and take stock.
Posted by Graham Edwards at 23:33