Thought For The Week

'Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted and no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.' ~Maya Angelou

Our language is always changing. New words come in, older words slip out and hidden words come to light. I have to be honest I had never heard the word staycation before. Then it started to be used a lot this summer when we were encouraged to go on holidays at home. Now everyone is using the word staycation with ease.

But we also know everything has changed. Even when on staycation we know we have to be careful and social distancing continues to be the norm. It is good to get a break. It is good to unwind, recharge and relax. There is much to see and do at home. There are so many beautiful places to explore on our doorstep.

This summer I have decided not to cycle on main roads, but to explore all the many small little roads that I have never been on before. Some of these even have grass growing up in the middle of the road! I have seen so much new countryside, without the hassle of traffic flying past me at speed.

I have appreciated the sense of slowing down and taking it at a leisurely pace. I also sense in many of our Gospel stories how Jesus was incredibly busy but at crucial times he withdrew away by himself to some remote place. It was his quiet time to reflect, to pray, to recharge, be still and to just be.

As we journey through this month of August many will try and avail of a staycation or will make a day trip to somewhere different and new. It is good to unwind and recharge. We continue to do so in the spirit of being careful, continuing social distancing and doing our bit to keep this virus suppressed. Enjoy your break. The Thought For The Week returns on Monday August 17th
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