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I was thrilled to hear that the Bells of the Borough Market in London would toll for their re-opening. It is so important to keep sounding that note of hope in our world. Noticing such a story in the daily news feed reminded me of a comment made, somewhere on a social media feed, by Mary J Melange. Her blog is well worth a visit, by the way.
Searching for good news stories makes us more aware of the good news around us, even nearer to our lives, workplaces and homes.
Part of my life means visiting people. In recent months there have been some notable ones.
One included going to the home of an unwell man and hearing of his story as a migrant to my country many years ago.
“I just thought, shit!” He said. “What am I gonna do now?”
He had been deposited, all alone, in a remote part of our country to fix a broken-down truck. He did fix the truck and drove it back to the nearest town, many kilometres away.
Later in life, one of his children was severely injured in a vehicle accident on a farm. Spinal injuries meant this young adult was facing quadriplegia. Not to be left as a victim, the young adult was rehabilitated and, with some assistance, has quite impressive mobility. This son now teaches in a regular job.
I went visit another couple. He was dying and had a number of loose ends that he wanted to tie up so that his wife would be in a secure state of life after his death.
A gravely voice, from too many smokes and noisy ballrooms, told the tale. Earlier in his life he had been a boxer and, later had travelled the globe as a dancer. In both Ballroom and Latin American forms, he and his partners literally had a ball. Now, as he approaches the last months of his life, he is lovingly putting in place a care plan for his wife.
This month I have not included any flashy pictures or dazzling youtube clips. I just wanted to highlight something that a number of us have noticed: looking for good news helps us become more aware of the good news right near our own doorsteps.
Do any of these stories ring bells for you? What is the good news in your family, workplace or local community?
Towards the Final Dance
Around the room,
From the impending gloom,
Of days ticking away.
Once, his feet
Had bounced on their balls,
As he danced around the ring,
Giving and receiving
Jabs and crosses.
And, those feet,
Fleet and flowing,
Along the dance floor,
In days before
His days are drawing in,
As he lovingly
The steps of his departing days,
To leave his wife
Then, muster up
For the steps
The final dance,
Simon C.J. Falk 30 June 2017
Next month a clean start! Stay tuned for #WATWB July 28.
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