It wouldn't surprise me if I am not the only one who has hit a spot of crisis fatigue. Some days have been exhausting. Some days my nerves have felt shot. There must be many of us feeling the same. Vicky and I were talking about this. Vicky is a person who makes the best out of every situation and is always cheerful.
Years ago I realised that circumstances and cheerfulness are not necessarily related. We have all known people who have every blessing and resource yet they are always miserable and complaining. Not only that they do nothing to help others. And we all know people who have it tough in life (or with their health) yet are always cheerful and helping others. So go figure...
I have spoken before about my Nan's good friends who taught me this. One was Mrs. Smith who had Polio when she was young and lived her whole live on crutches. She was so cheerful and sewed both my babies beautiful clothes and gifts. She just did what she could to help everyone!
And there was Mrs. Mann who was in a wheelchair with both legs amputated. She was another happy and generous person. She knitted stunning outfits for all the babies and I still have some she gave me to this day. Both these ladies were rays of sunshine.
There was also Mrs. Birze. She and her family escaped (in a dramatic and desperate way) from WW2 Europe and came to Australia. They become Nan's neighbours. The horrors they had been though... They knew almost no English so Nan began to teach them and they became life long friends. She was a person who was another absolute ray of sunshine.
So how do we overcome our worries and be like them? And how do we nurture ourselves so that we keep up our own strength, spirits and faith?
Well over to Vicky, this is what she wrote...