A word that sums up a year that has barely begun!
Honestly, after the crazy year that was 2020, I wasn’t holding out too much hope for 2021.
And it is probably just as well considering the circumstances…
A cancelled Christmas rolled into an endless stream of never-ending restrictions.
We might get out of lockdown before the summer…
But, considering the ever-evolving situation, probably not…
We might not see freedom again until beyond 2022…
2023, if we are especially good…
Probably not before 2025 though…
I truly wish I were exaggerating!
But, in this upside-down clown world that we are currently inhabiting, these are the cold, hard facts of the reality that we are facing into.
Here we are, standing on the precipice of a future that would make Huxley’s Brave New World appear tame.
Day by day, inch by inch that precipice is looming ever closer.
And then, in the midst of all the turmoil, we receive the devastating news that a close family member has tragically passed away.
My sister-in-law – my brother’s wife and a mum to five children.
The shock and devastation were compounded by the fact that the current travel restrictions would prevent us from being with our extended family at this very difficult time.
It just all felt so unfair!
Why could my brother not grow old with his wife?
Why did their children have to endure the unbearable pain of losing their mother who adored them?
Why did we have to be bound by these cruel restrictions at a time of overwhelming grief and heartbreak?
I was sad and I was mad!
But all the railing against the injustices of the world wasn’t going to change a thing.
With each passing day, my aching heart is begrudgingly learning to accept the current state of affairs.
I have also found some solace in the words of the song Angel by Kodaline, a song I always found too hard to listen to…
Now, it speaks to me on a different level…
”… Another angel gone before her time
But she’s still alive in our hearts and minds…
Heaven knows that when we’re old
She will be forever young
Tonight we send an angel home
Sing out and celebrate her song
Tonight she’ll go where we can’t go
There are things in life we can’t explain
In the blink of an eye everything can change
So just appreciate the little things
‘Cause you never know what tomorrow brings…”.
Heart-wrenching yet, simultaneously, uplifting!
This song also reminds us that this life is not the end.
As we get bogged down in the humdrum of our daily lives – the highs and the inevitable lows – it is all too easy to forget that our existence, our very essence, transcends the physical world.
At our very lowest ebb, we tend to doubt our faith, to fall into a pit of despair and hopelessness.
But when everything around us appears to be crumbling into the darkness, that is when we need to redirect our focus towards the light.
We need to look up to the heavens and trust the plan that He has set out for us and our loved ones.
We need to let go of the fear that is being made to seep through the fabric of our society right now, mercilessly rotting everything in its path…
Because we already know the end of the story of this book called Life…
And therein lies our hope for the future!
Until next time, my dear readers…
💋 Mostly Mum
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