Another week draws to an end and what a week it has been!
It started off with an amazing gathering of friends, new and old, at my friends picnic in Regents Park . It was the 8th year of holding this picnic and this was one of the best ever. Sunshine for most of the afternoon helped too as well as the many people who brought a bunch of new friends.
The same day in the morning I also took part in the British 10k run around the closed off streets of London. Though I walked most of the way around the course, it is something I would recommend everyone to try out at least once. The sheer excitement and energy of being part of a throng of over 20,000 plus runners for a worthy cause is well worth the effort of walking / running 10k.
Then in the last couple of days I have finished my new e-book “Make It Happen” and more of that in the coming weeks.
Lastly, over the last few days I have spend a lot of time in self-care and with some family. Funnily enough at the same time, I have moved on from a couple of projects which were no longer resonant with me and also some people who were proving to be a drain on me. Amazing what happens when one get clearer about something.
It seems that one must always spend time in self-nurturing as well as doing things for others such as creating events to bring people together. Soon after the picnic finished on Sunday evening, I felt a bit flat and empty. I realised that my emotions were mixed – after all the adrenalin of organising the picnic and the elation of the day, it was a feeling of – now what?
So I reckon after the many different charity runs and walks over the last few weeks including the London marathon, and organising various community events, it is now time for me focus on me, and enjoy the remainder of the summer weeks.
This reminds me of one of those chain emails which I got recently which actually offers some poignant messages.
It was said to be written by the comedian George Carlin, but it is actually a wonderful message written in 1990 by Dr Moorhead, minister, author, and former pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington.
Here it is in full entirety:-
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgement, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less.
We have learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Take what you can from the above words – and enjoy the weekend.
Just be sure to do something for yourself!