This post was initially going to be a humorous post… with a little twist at the end to make you think.
The Manchester atrocity changed all that and has left me wondering just what terrorists, whatever their cause, actually think they are achieving by killing innocent people. In today’s suicide bombing an 8 year old girl was among the 22 people killed. What can these killings possibly achieve? What problems can they solve?
Hearing about this senseless incident on the news this morning, changed my outlook from one of fun to one of despair for a world that just seems to get more crazy by the day.
My day started as normal…
6.00am – Woken by my alarm… snoozed for 5 minutes and then off to the bathroom for my usual shower etc. (No more details required!).
When I returned to the bedroom, I checked my clock and it was 6:40am. I noticed the time on my watch was about 5:55am. I woke Jo… she’s normally up by now… and commented that my watch needed a new battery.
A few minutes later, I heard my almost 3yr old son Arthur, stirring… so went to get him out of bed… and noticed his clock was slow as well! How strange, I thought!
Arthur pointed out that, “The light hasn’t come on!”. You see his light comes on at 6:30… which is when he’s allowed to get up!
First my watch… then Arthur’s clock… something strange is going on here!
So, I checked my phone… which had the same time as my watch and Arthur’s clock!
Aargh! It was my clock that was wrong… and all this time, I just didn’t see it!
You see, the clock receives signals from Meriden… so it has to be right! It simply never occurred to me that it could be wrong!
That made me think.
In life, there are certain things that we just expect to happen. Certain things that we rely on. Certain things that become habits. Certain things that hold us back, because we just can’t see past them. We can’t see things being different.
Then I switched on the radio and heard about the Manchester bombing.
And my line of though totally changed. Because there would have been mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends, partners, husbands, wives… all waiting at home for their loved ones to walk through the door after a fantastic night out.
But what they expected to happen didn’t happen.
Their certainties changed in an instant.
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people left devastated and distraught by a senseless and selfish attack.
When will people see sense? When will politicians and terrorists see that violence breeds violence and solves nothing? When will they look for another way forward? When will they stop seeing things as they are and look for a way to change things for the good of all?
My thoughts and prayers are with anyone affected by last night’s events. I cannot imagine how you’re feeling right now.
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