Yesterday was the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Seeing the Queen sat alone during the service epitomised the feeling of isolation that has been felt by all during this past year.
The symbolism of the head of state; the monarch, our Queen sat alone with all eyes on her, was such a powerful image. The symbol of isolation; one that resonates with us all.
The image witnessed by the world showed how no one is immune to heartache. No one is above the law. We are all human. This is our bond. The thread that entwines us all together.
Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion of the Royal family, it is a family, a family like many over the last year, who have lost a key figure. A husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a friend. One person can mean so much to many people. The loss is immeasurable but so is the love that’s been left behind.
Remember to be kind and compassionate to all. You do not know what personal battles people are fighting when they face the world with a smile.
Be grateful for all you have and try to practice mindfulness to be present in the moment. There is one thing that is guaranteed in life which is that nothing lasts forever. You can take comfort in this when having a bad day, knowing that it won’t last forever. Conversely you can feel sad when you don’t want a perfect day to come to an end because it won’t last forever.
Time and tide wait for no man.Geoffrey Chaucer
To embark upon any journey, you must take the first step. Take one step at a time. Take one day at a time. Take your time. Time is the most precious yet limited gift we have been granted.