A helping hand

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Welcome to the latest in my grounded view of the life around us. I hope your world is one of love, laughter, friendship and trust.

As I have reflected recently, I have been blessed to be surrounded by all of the above – certainly of late at a time when trust has come under attack from an unexpected direction. Anyway, enough of that. The purpose of my blogs are to share the positive and to try and reach out, in the aim of joining us all together in a united voice of love and peace.

Following on from a recent blog – With a little help from my friends – I have been thinking about the whole subject of love and support. In essence, about holding out a hand to someone in need. As those who have read my blogs, I like to include the lyrics from an appropriate song. When search around for a song, I came across ‘Hands’ by Jewel and I’d like to share it with you. There are some very powerful words.

“If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we’re all OK
And not to worry ’cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won’t be made useless
I won’t be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn’t steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn’t ever after
We’ll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what’s right
‘Cause where there’s a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
My hands are small I know
But they’re not yours, they are my own
But they’re not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s mind
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s heart
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s eyes
We are God’s hands
We are God’s hands”

I am not sharing these lyrics as a religious statement. I share them in the spirit of unity and with the hope that we as a population can join together – regardless of religious views or beliefs.

I know I have talked before about taking the hand of someone in need and guiding them to a better place. But I have seen this at a personal level. At a time when I needed a hand to pull me up and guide me back onto my own path I was so lucky to have many hands offered. A true blessing. But through that it really hammered home the true depth of human kindness and how we all have it in us. But, it’s a question of how open we are to offering that support.

Not everyone you know fully opens about what is happening in their world / in their life. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. However, what I am finding that being open to people about life in general, that gives them the opportunity to be open back. As a result, that might just manifest as a call for help. Just imagine, through an open exchange of our life experiences, how we can touch people and as a consequence offer a hand of help.

Life at the moment for many, many people is a challenge. Some people, wrongly, see it as a weakness to reveal that they are struggling. However, if we talk to people about our life challenges that is an invitation for them to talk about theirs.

I know I sound like a stuck record, but I truly believe it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to help, support, and offer a helping hand to each and every human being who needs that help. Let us not forget that. Done people get too wrapped up in unachievable things to forget that, on the ground, there are hands that need to be held and people who need to be helped up.

Let us all pull together and hold out that helping hand. It’s the least we can all do.

Have a great week and take care.
Jon

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