One of the Secrets

I thought about not even mentioning the latest London atrocity. I am certain that the endless publicity that surrounds each event – especially around the criminals rather than the victims – does nothing but feed a strange sense of crusade that these people feel they have. For what it’s worth, my own feeling is that someone, somewhere is getting rich from this. Leaders are tucked away feathering their own nests while encouraging the vulnerable to stir up instability on their behalf. It’s usually the way.
But London and Manchester leaves a quiet pall over us I think, even as we determine to go about our daily business undaunted because it’s the best defence we have. We can get downhearted about how we live in such a world. Fearing for friends and loved ones and wondering what is to become of us all. Possibly one of the secrets about how we live our lives and carry on is in the photo above. This motley crew is part of the team that I manage. Access Plymouth they are called and the people you see are a team of volunteers and staff who work to get the elderly and disabled out and about in Plymouth. It’s a task that has become harder as the cuts bite and we are spread ever more thinly but these people are determined because they know the value of what they do. They have learned one of the great secrets of life which is to give of yourself for free – putting in without expecting to take out. Most of them do this for nothing but even the staff could get more money elsewhere for what they do. Charities, for the most part, are not known for massive financial rewards, whatever the Daily Mail tells you.
I read about a mother who was struggling to help her child deal with all the news she was seeing. She told her “always look for the helpers”. Whenever you see the people hurt and distressed, look for the strangers kneeling with them. Try to see the people holding them while they cry. Look at the adverts for people offering their beds to strangers who are stranded. It is humanity at its most Christlike and it is here that we can get some comfort. 
The people above are a challenge and an encouragement to us all because they have found at least some of it – some of what life is supposed to be about and it is through such selflessness that some peace and purpose will always be found.



  1. June 6, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    What a great looking team, and how fortunate they are to have a good, committed manager. Yes, "look for the helpers" is great advice. The professionalism of our emergency services, and selfless heroism of members of the public has been quite humbling in recent weeks.

    • June 6, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Yep, some people running towards danger when they could have got away is bona fide heroic

  2. June 6, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Grandaughter worked for some years for a company called Volunteer Cornwall, I think run on the same lines as yours. She worked incredibly hard. I'm not sure we appreciate the behind the scenes work of volunteers.

    • June 7, 2017 / 8:12 am

      I know Volunteer Cornwall. Sterling work done there in an area with lots of poverty where voluntary work is essential to support people.

  3. June 11, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Love this post. You speak my mind, friend. x

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