Life’s a patchwork


Like me, I expect last week was a mix of the positive or happy and the negative or difficult. Most weeks are probably a patchwork. Some weeks the sunshine may dominate; other weeks the grey clouds may dominate. And now we come to the start of a new week . . .

Let’s colour code the mix. We could think of the positive or happy as yellow and the negative or difficult as black.

I have chosen an image for this post with more than yellow and black in it. That’s because there can be more than two colours.

When we are in a difficult situation it is right that we recognise it, practice awareness of the situation and our own reactions to it (there is little value in brushing the difficult under the proverbial carpet after all). Yes, it is black.

Yet even then if we can begin to look for anything at all that is right or good in that most certainly difficult situation, new colours come into play. The black might shrink just a little, albeit still be present. We might see faint green shoots. We might also begin to find we have some energy (red perhaps?) to deal with the difficult.

This is Mindful Monday on 27 January 2020.

Join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness on Monday 3 February at the Oasis, Cheltenham, 7.30 to 9 pm. We are starting a series of sessions on journeying into wholeness. To book a place or to ask questions about the evening, just email


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