Being Grateful

2017

I am so very grateful. I have fallen fallen fallen deep in love. My heart has known joy I did not think it would ever know again. And in that my family have opened their arms. I have found new families and purposes in ways I thought were past me. The longing for belonging is something I still yearn for but I can see it is within my reach. I am satisfied at work and have developed a plan – no longer desperate to get out. The puzzles are being pieced back together and the picture they reveal is wholesome and warm. Everything will be ok. I am so very hopeful.

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The first day 

I do find is weird how we humanise the years like a block of time scheduled by the western world has any control over the fate of the whole world. 2016 was an awful year we see all over social media. It was made into a comical horror “film”. It was 2016 that caused all the deaths of the celebrities and 2016 that caused Brexit and Trump.

2016 and not people. 

In this way we can shift the blame away from ourselves – the voters and non-voters. The friends of fascists and non-friends who did not organise. 

We mourn the names of those who’s names were in lights. And that is understandable and natural. Our heroes, the unfallable, now gone. 

But natural death comes to us all. And though we mourn their dates we do not mourn the deaths of those caused by our hands. Syria, Yemen and Palestine to name just a few. We watch humanity die live from our screens. In their homes, in the sea, in the hospitals. Outside our own doorsteps we have the homeless, unable to apply for help – dying from the cold and hunger. 

Now that we have entered a new year the suffering for the millions will not stop. 

Happy New Year. May we always be concious of our actions, throughout the entire year.