It really doesn’t matter how you read words - whether its page by page as you start a new book, when the feel of paper under your finger is reassuringly solid.  Perhaps you tap a Kindle screen to carry on and find out who did what, to whom and why.  Some place headphones over their ears and get transported by some melodic voice reading the words of someone’s else’s great adventure.  Or you could even swipe left on the local library’s reading app on a phone - each have their place.  Words can help us ‘lose’ ourselves and all that our everyday lives contain and take us to far flung places, back in time or even forward to a new world order.  Words can galvanise us into action, soothe our souls when the world seems too hard to bear or simply remind us of what we know to be true, but have temporarily forgotten.

We say this as a recent reading entitled ‘Talk to someone today’ from Nick Fawcett’s ‘Seize the Day,’ book published by KevinMayhew.com really struck a chord and so, unusually for us, we thought we’d share it with you and hope you find it as helpful as we did:

The Highest form of wisdom is kindness – The Talmud

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of others – Charles Dickens

Turn and be kind to me, for I am lonely and distressed – The Bible Psalm 25v16

 

Talk to someone today: someone you’ve been meaning to contact; who you might have passed by; even perhaps who you’d rather avoid.

Talk, and listen.  Stop, and make time for them. For they may be lonelier, more longing for a word of cheer, than you might ever guess.

The elderly person confined to their home, scarcely seeing a soul each day, their only companion perhaps a pet, a voice on the radio, or the ticking of a clock.

The shy person, alone even when in a crowd, yearning for meaningful human contact, to break down the walls of reserve, yet scared to make the first move.

The confident person, always the centre of attention, seemingly surrounded by friends, yet seeking a depth of relationship not yet found.

The sick person, putting on a brave face, suffering in silence, fearful of seeming negative, yet craving an understanding ear and expression of sympathy.

For so many, a word can make a difference, enough to remind them they’re not forgotten, that they matter, that no-one’s on their own.

So talk to somebody today, and see what happens.

You may make yourself a friend, or simply brighten their day; ease a lonely heart, or give strength to continue; exchange simple pleasantries, or help unburden a soul.

But if you say nothing, do nothing, then you will achieve nothing, when perhaps you might have done so much.

As Christmas fast approaches, in this tumultuous year, may we all be brave and speak words that bring hope, joy and comfort.  Happy Christmas from Paul & Sheila (Pastoral Workers) for Hope Trust.  Contact us on 01394 272592, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk