Essence of loss


It is knowing presently there is a gaping whole within you.
It is knowing you can no longer make new memories together.
It is knowing you can no longer hear their voice.
        Speak to them and have a conversation
It is knowing you can no longer feel their touch.
Knowing you have to keep on living the life you both dreamt off.
It is knowing for that moment you’ll have to face the world alone.
It is knowing you can no longer grow old together.
Milestones you’d like to share to them and yet can’t.
However, it is also…
Reliving moments and knowing you had them .
It is being thankful you shared the most precious commodity of all:
It is sharing stories to others, the memories, laughter, lessons
         And dumb moves.
It is knowing they cared and loved you.
         Which is why for that moment you felt loss and keenly so.
Loss is natural, it may not be great but everyone has had and encounter with it.
It is neither good nor bad.
It just is.
Never easy…
But through loss we are reminded of what we have and can gain.
         Possibilities of what we can give.
         And leave when it is our time to be someone’s loss.

So with everyday you’ve got, make it count…

Reflect to discover, slow down to appreciate

I wrote the poem below one afternoon after work while a duo of buskers were playing such beautiful, beautiful music just outside our store. Their music broke through and said “hello!” I’ve heard that kind of music before but didn’t think too much of it until this afternoon. It was amazing how they broke through the noise and the busyness of life around them and brought so much joy and smiles to people as they walked by.

As I sat down and listened to the music, taking it all in. I was and am reminded of how our God created us with gifts and talents, such complex beings! How he made us and ingrained in us such talents within to create such beauty and on that afternoon it was music that turned my day around.

Another thought that came to me as I listened to their music was the importance of slowing down, appreciating and taking part to the world around us. Slowing down to appreciate the small things in life, we can always, I guarantee, always pause for at least a minute to be in the moment. We live in a fast paced environment, always going to places, doing things, meeting people. Always on the move!

We need to reflect on what you have, to realise what and who we’ve got, look around; clothes on our backs and shoes on feet. Food on our tables, family and friends that surround us. At times we don’t see and know what we have until they are gone so today and always remember for tomorrow; reflect to discover, slow down to appreciate.

An Air of Joy