“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa
Last week a friend of mine text to tell me that my plumber had unfortunately passed away. My instant reaction was one of shock. I couldn't believe it. This particular man, was a fit, strong, passionate man and genuinely I don't know anyone who had a bad word on him. His funeral was last week in Glenavy and hundreds attended - all the same ...in shock. Francy was out cycling last Sunday for charity when he took a massive heart attack - it was all over very quick. Very very sad, and no real warning signs of what was to come for him.
Three months ago a good friend from Dublin's wife called me to tell me her husband had been killed in a car accident whilst out for a cycle, a hit and run. Again I couldn't believe it, I was in total shock. I had met with Eugene not long before his passing and had the crack, he was a great character.
One thing I do know is that heaven is a better place for having Eugene and Francy present. Why does god always insist on taking the good one's ey?
Mother Teresa served people all her years and lived an incredible life. "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come, we have only today - let us begin". In a world that keeps turning, no matter what happens, if you lived your life along Mother Teresa's recommendations, its maybe the way to go.
Two weeks ago my old friend Multiple Sclerosis decided to visit me again. After a number of months of pretty good health, my body came under attack and many of my old MS symptoms have returned. Its quite debilitating when it decides to raise its head, literally sucking the life out of you with a burning sensation rippling through my body from head to toe. Although I am well used to it now, when it comes knocking its still a hairy experience.
I suppose thats my point - its only when things go wrong, you get bad news, you have problems to face that you start to think of whats real and whats important, and how your going to deal with tricky and difficult situations.
I think the important point though is to keep going, keep pedalling, be persistent and consistent with your journey. I don't have all the answers, no way - but what I do now know is that with time, belief and effort, no matter what the challenge, things can and will improve.