“Keep walking through the storm, your rainbow is waiting on the other side”
If you read my last blog, you would know I had a “blip”! I let myself fall to a depth where I felt overwhelmed with all that I was doing. The continual thoughts of how to reach our pledged total started to dominate. It lasted about 24 hours. John felt it too but a day after me so we were able to help each other out.
Eventually I remembered one of my “laws” of life: it will pass. I know it comes from a well know spiritual saying but I read it in my Mums magazine and I’ve been trying to live by it ever since. I must have been a young teenager and her magazine was a newspaper-like print magazine, not glossy printed like most are now. It was called “Red Letter”, I used to pinch it off her and read it all the time.
It was where I first read “sugar hardens your arteries” – and I immediately stopped taking sugar in tea and stopped having “sugar butties”!!
The “it will pass” story was in one of the readers letters, where someone would write in with words of wisdom or little stories, I can’t recall names but it was from a lady who told of what her grandmother always said to her “whatever it is, remember it will pass, but remember this applies for all situations – bad or good”.
It was the second half that really struck a cord with me – remember the good times will pass too! So my rule is to enjoy opportunities, to take them on board if they feel right for you – but remember don’t be complacent nor arrogant about any situation – for it too will pass!
The tough times pass too, sometimes you just have to sit it out, over the years I’ve learnt that tough times are often challenges to learn and develop from.
So my blip passed and I was back in full swing to achieve our target of £20,000.
I was back on board organising events, requesting raffle prizes, booking venues, ensuring people knew about them …..remembering this amount of work will too pass.
I constantly held in my mind our target, I never falter in my belief that we will achieve it. I know it requires effort, commitment and sacrifices but I know it is achievable.
I know we are getting closer. Closer to our target and therefore closer to the collective target of £200,000 set by Wooden Spoon.
There is a team going to Tibet, to Everest. There is a team that will be together trekking to Advanced base camp and as a team we will be playing rugby – and yes we will play at the highest altitude and set a new world record….. but when all that has passed, when we are safely home and the game has been played the funds will be there. Funds raised from all manner of ways: meals, walks, dances, donations, balls, auctions.
The total will be added up and then it can be converted into benefits. We can see what our efforts will have achieved – for me, it’s not only the world record, it’s not just about playing rugby, it’s definitely an opportunity to see Tibet and Mount Everest, but most of all it is the opportunity to see changes in the lives of some children. Changes from routines, bringing things to them they never thought they would, children who may be able join a team to play wheelchair rugby from a specially adapted chair provided by Wooden Spoon, children who can feel items to stimulate and awaken their senses, children who may be able to play in adventure playgrounds funded Wooden Spoon that may not have had access to them before. Who maybe too can believe in this too will pass.
Your help is so important.
Our current individual total is at 80% of our pledged. I think that’s amazing, but I would like that to pass. Would you?
Please help. There is still time to donate at
EVERESTVIV20 to 70085
(This will give a donation of £20 but you can donate as little as £3 and know that every penny will go to Wooden Spoon)
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