Archive for April, 2014

Why Bother The Bunny?

Easter so longed for is gone in a day. – James Howell

Do you remember as a child how long it seemed to take before Easter finally arrived?

We talked about it in class and made Easter baskets.  We talked about it at school as we joined in with the Easter bonnet parade.  We talked about it in the playgrounds and then we went home and drove our parents nutty with “How many days now?”

Then Easter arrived one morning and was gone before it was even bedtime.

I’d change James Howell’s quote to say that Easter is gone in less than a day.  The only reminder we had was a pile of torn foil and, on our return to school, the Easter egg comparison charts.

“How many eggs did you get?”

“Oh, I had way more than that…”

Now that I am an adult, Easter still seems to fly past.  Admittedly I spend the lead up time shopping for Easter eggs and gifts for family and friends, but the day itself just disappears.  By the time the eggs have been discovered, we’ve caught up with others, celebrated the day and we are all on a chocolate high, it’s almost impossible to remember the day.

As kids we had nothing to worry about except who we’d see and how many eggs or pressies we might be given, so it is still easy to remember the good bits even after all these years.

Now I struggle to remember anything about last year’s Easter, or the one before that.  It isn’t a faulty memory that is to blame; it’s busyness and the responsibilities of being a grown up that get in the way.

I don’t want to miss out on another Easter memory.

Instead of giving people just chocolate this year I’d like to give them all a little digital camera so they can record the day.  I might not have time to take photos but I can share theirs and we can keep them forever.

How will you remember this Easter?

How Can We Be Happy?

This is a lovely story that is doing the rounds on social media and coming up to Easter, it feels like the right time to post it for you.

We come into these special seasons expecting them to be full of fun and happiness. It’s our source of future happiness, too.

The problem is that we invest the seasons with so much power to influence our happiness that often we are left feeling “robbed” and disappointed.

That’s why I think we all need to read this story…

Once a group of 50 people were attending a seminar.

Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.

Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker began — this is exactly what is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.

And this is the purpose of human life.

Is this not what you are looking for?