So much has shown me this year, just how short our lives can be. On Sunday morning, I wept in fear as I waited to contact my darling girl. While I was almost sure that she was tucked up in her bed in Andover, well away from the horror unfolding in London, we had missed our usual morning contact and I couldn’t raise her. There was a heartstopping hour until her amazing host contacted me to let me know that she was fine, and indeed asleep as I had hoped. Such joy I have not felt before, however that quickly turned to guilt, guilt for all other Mothers who had not yet heard how their darling children were, guilt for those who had lost their children and guilt for those whose lives had been changed by this horrific event.
Earlier in the week, I received the news my childhood friend had been murdered. I am still reeling from this news. Life can be so fragile and taken from us without a whisper of warning. This has had me thinking about just how precious this life is, something I often take advantage of. With the busyness of life, I forget that this moment could well be my last, and while that may sound morbid, it is not something I wish to dwell on, only to remember and leave nothing unsaid. To strive for those things I wish to achieve instead of thinking one day, to not put off that phone call, or sending that letter or just taking a moment to reflect.
The Universe tends to show us the path we could be taking. These last few weeks have been a tremendous time of change within our company. We have almost completed an entire sweep out of what has been holding us back, in fact by Monday next week we will have an exciting new team. Change is difficult, it is challenging, it encourages us to look closely and honestly at ourselves, but with change comes the opportunity for immense success.
It is perhaps with pride that I am able to say we have been too generous, we have cared too much and with shame we were at a point where being taken advantage of had nearly taken its toll. It very nearly had us looking at this period of change with a negative mind set we were ready to take into our new team, but for fragile nature of life this would have happened.
Although much sadness and pain has come from the loss of my friend and those minutes waiting on news of our daughter, the perspective it has brought into our lives is without doubt life changing.
How has a change in perspective changed your life for the better?