Bring Me Sunshine (Part 2)

Sometimes, when you are feeling sorry for yourself,  you just need your attention shifting to something more important and then the change starts. I remember reading something that CS Lewis wrote. He talked about trying to fall asleep. It’s really hard to fall asleep if you are trying to fall asleep. If you lie in bed thinking – I must fall asleep, it will probably never happen. If, however, you turn your attention to something else – counting sheep, reviewing your day or – in my case mentally reciting dialogue from Star Wars, your body will fall into its natural state and falling asleep will be easier.

When I was young – if I was sad – Aged Parent’s solution would be one of two methods. One was “Straighten your face or I will give you something to be sad about!” (Different times) or she would say “Sad? Sad? I’ll show you something sad – Bangladeshi Children – That’s sad!” And she was right.

So, working loosely on the principle that whoever seeks to find his life must lose it, one way to get over myself is to look to the suffering of others.

Without getting all political, you should know that Universal Credit is a disaster for many people in this country. You can bang on about rights and wrongs and the idea that making it as hard as possible for people to obtain benefits and therefore stay in work is resulting in reduced unemployment. (I took Economic History and that was the principle behind the workhouses btw – make them as unpleasant as possible so that people would do anything not to go in them) Whatever your beliefs about this, people are waiting up to six weeks for benefits to be paid out. During this time I am supposing that they are to chew skirting boards or rely on the kindness of strangers and that is me and you.

We are a couple of months from Christmas and when you and I say – “Oh DON’T mention the C word” we don’t really worry about it the way people who can’t put food in their children’s mouths worry about it.

My local food bank has the following urgent needs.

Yours maybe different. Unlikely to break the bank for most of us.

Also, a lot of bloggers are advocating something called a “Reverse Advent Calendar”. I’m nor quite sure why – the title doesn’t make sense really but basically I think the idea is to put together a big box or bag of stuff for Christmas for your food bank. It will need to have essentials in it as usual (and that includes toilet roll, nappies and sanitary products) but also extras – chocolate, sweets, nice toiletries, Christmas treat food. The idea is to take a month to build it slowly and thoughtfully and get it to your local foodbank by the end of November at the latest. I’m giving it a go.

Just a little thought here, you may genuinely not be able to afford to do this. Feel free to stand down. But for the rest of us, the least we can do is to get down the Poundshop and buy some toothpaste. My family exist perfectly happily on Poundshop toiletries – I’m sure lots of other people will be happy to do so.

I’m not seriously thinking that you need a scripture to back this up because we will be here all night. I’ll just give you this

Proverbs 11:25

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.




  1. October 19, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    You can make giving, esp. to a Food Bank, either a joy or a ‘ho hum better do something’.
    We try to donate one item every time we go to Sainsburys, but at this time of year more is needed. The idea of making up a big bag, slowly and thoughtfully, is so good. I’m in.

    • lesleyps91
      October 19, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      I agree. If you do it carefully and creatively – with love it is a joy

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