Outlook Issue 27 Spring 2019
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Moving on
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns; highs and lows, layers of happiness and sadness, in equal measure. Sometimes events and changing circumstances are a catalyst that enable us to face a different future. We then move on to a new career, a new location, perhaps for family reasons, or believing that life will be better elsewhere. We might be unsure or apprehensive about our decision, a decision that might even prove to be wrong! All kinds of emotions come into play. We trust and hope that the move will be successful, beneficial, and that after adjustments and initial teething problems all will be well. Each day, life moves on – a sobering thought. Yet life would be devoid of variety if everything stood still. The secret with time is understanding how to respond to it: knowing when to seize the moment, when to step forward or when to hold back. Still an adventure! As we age, we try not to see the passing of time as running out, so much as life as an unfolding journey. Still an adventure! There’s more to be discovered and new experiences to be had. We may look to the future with a degree of anxiety, but alternatively we can recognise each day as God’s gift and live each one to the full, health allowing. See the glass half full, not half empty; seize new opportunities. Having resolved to move on and with a vision of what a new life might be, we follow it through, bolstered by faith and hope that all will be well. As I look out on an early bank of daffodils, I reflect that spring is also a time of new life and new beginnings – and the coming Easter is a time of new hope. It is through employing those thoughts and that spirit that we can head on into the future with optimism. The horizon beckons … Michael Booth