Reasons To Be Cheerful: An A-Z
It’s Friday, the working week is almost over for many of us and it’s time to have fun and relax with our families and friends. Apologies to all those that description doesn’t fit. I’ve certainly ‘been there’ in the past for many years regarding working at the weekend and know just how that feels. However. The summer is but around the corner, the trees are lush and green, the birds are singing, (I know this because they wake me at around 4am every morning) and the holiday period approaches. From all of life’s daily trials there is still much to be thankful for – perhaps on a quite simple level or maybe on a more deep and profound one. A daily ritual, a comforting thought, a look forward to something special or whatever it is that gives you that little warm glow that say’s ‘I’m glad to be alive’. After watching the inimitable Ian Dury’s old band, The Blockheads in Nottingham’s Old Market Square at the Bank Holiday, I couldn’t but help think of their excellent rendition of that talented, humble and artistic man’s old hit song, Reasons to be Cheerful Part 1-2-3. It brought a wry smile – not just for Ian’s superb lyricism but for the pleasure that man, hardly without his personal disadvantages, derived from life and the way he kept a humour and buoyancy in him. Rest in Peace, Ian. So as a small tribute to him, and as a reminder to myself (which I very often need) that life is indeed a wonderful thing, I’m going to list a whole alphabet of ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’. I intend to edit, contribute to and update this alphabet as I go along. A few words here, a picture or two there, maybe a poem or even a song, perhaps courtesy of YouTube or elsewhere. A lyric or a thought for the day, something that please and makes one feel happy. I’ve started off with two reasons, just to get the ball rolling. Can I kindly ask that anyone passing by this way might contribute a little something, no matter how small or large? Please do and I’ll add them in under the appropriate letter of the alphabet – I’d love to hear your thoughts! Reasons To Be Cheerful.
Is for, Apple Blossom. What better heralder of the Spring Time than apple blossom? A cheery harbinger of a fruitful season to come after a dark, cold winter. Apple blossom gets my vote every time.
is for Friends. Where would we be without them? There are so many times that faithful friends have given me support and encouragement when I’ve needed it most. Do you believe that there are only two classifications – friends and those friends one yet has to meet? I’m really not sure but it’s a nice thought. To all my friends then, with whom I am blessed, you know who you are,. Thank you.
is for Hedgehogs. I had one roaming around my garden last night searching for food at dusk. Quite a well-fed looking fat fellow he was too! Love these things – always a delight when they show themselves.
is for Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham. I love my time spent in this beautiful and peaceful place. Not only is it a house of God but also a house of love as far as I am concerned. Just the site of it gives me a warm, uplifting feeling. I treasure my time spent in there before emerging through the doors back onto the busy streets of Nottingham.
is for Tea – comforting, no matter when you drink it Supplied by Bernadette at: Just for the Halibut
is for Vancouver. One of my favourite places in the world. What’s not to like (apart from the rain!) English Bay, Kitsilano, Robson, Stanley Park – yes please!