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There's also weather with Carol Kirkwood, a daily Pause For Thought and listeners on the line, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!
Pause For Thought
In one of his comic strips, Charlie Brown gloomily remarks, ‘Someday we will all die, Snoopy’. To which the irrepressible beagle replies: ‘True. But on all the other days we will not!’ I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to be overwhelmed by what hasn’t yet happened – and how that stops us enjoying what is happening. Like when our recent trip to Australia to visit our son and his family was drawing to a close and I found myself anticipating the ‘goodbye’ days before it happened. I had to tell myself again and again to concentrate on the present, to enjoy the time we still had together.
Yes, on Wednesday we would be going home, but on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we would not! There is no denying that life includes unpleasant times as well as happy. And I reckon it would be slightly weird if we welcomed them all equally. I definitely didn’t welcome going to the dentist for root canal work last week! When he greeted me with ‘How are you doing?’ I told him I’d definitely rather be somewhere else. The dentist smiled, promising me there would be no pain. He was right. But I was still glad to get the heck out of there! Actually, I believe pain in some form is inevitable; it’s part of being alive – we have to deal with dentists and doctors; we cannot escape saying goodbyes; and yes, someday we will shuffle off this mortal coil.
But speaking personally, I know I sometimes add to my suffering by allowing the thought of such things to overwhelm me long before they’ve happened. I think faith and anxiety are flip sides of the same thing: they are both functions of the imagination. When I’m anxious, I allow my imagination to fear the worst or I put myself in a situation I’m not yet facing; then anxiety overwhelms me. But when I exercise faith, I imagine myself coping with what life will bring: good or ill. And this enables me to live more calmly, effectively and happily in the present. The real suffering, I find, is wishing life was different instead of living each day as fully, truthfully and gratefully as I can – being more a Snoopy than a Charlie Brown…