As September gracefully recedes into our past and we step forward into the embrace of autumn, our daily routines are poised for a transformation. The nights grow longer, coaxing some of us into the cosy embrace of hibernation, where the simple joys of being at home take centre stage. This presents a rare and invaluable opportunity for us to nurture our mind, body, and spirit—a respite from the relentless demands of our daily lives. Balancing these obligations can be a challenging feat, and the word "No" often feels like an unattainable luxury. I empathise first-hand with the difficulty of using that two-letter word. However, it's essential to understand that attending to our own needs is not a selfish act. Rather, it equips us to be a wellspring of resilience and support for those we hold dear and those who rely on us.
Remember to pause and reflect, to find equilibrium, and to release any unwanted energies that may obstruct our path forward. Give yourself the gift of a tranquil five minutes, to sit comfortably and allow the spirit world to gently enter your realm, providing solace as you navigate the journey of grief, coping, and healing in the absence of your loved ones' physical presence.
Regardless of what others may convey, it is perfectly acceptable to miss them profoundly. It's permissible to experience anger and sorrow when the realisation dawns that you won't have the chance to see them once more—to capture the memory of their smiles, to exasperatingly scold their endearing yet unreasonable quirks, but, most importantly, to share an enduring embrace that reassures us that everything will indeed be okay.
I eagerly anticipate our upcoming events and extend my heartfelt gratitude to both Catherine and Helen for their invaluable contributions in ensuring smooth operations behind the scenes.
With warmth and affection,
Mr P. 💞