Tag Archives: suffering

FMM 7 6 18 I’m Only Human

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”~ George Orwell. The first time I visited Jamaica after an absence of over 14 years, I fell in love all over again.  It was not difficult.  For a start I was staying up in the verdant hills of St. Andrew, looking up at the […]

FMM 1 5 18 Let Go and Accept

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”~ George Orwell. I have never been hung up on New Year’s resolutions.  For whatever reason that was not something that was pushed in our household when I was a child.  But the New Year has always been a time for reflection.  In Jamaica, most churches hold a ‘Watchnight’ service […]

FMM 5 16 14 Accepting the Inevitable

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda Have you ever noticed that we are a society obsessed by outward appearances?  Some fight the aging process with creams, cosmetics and even the knife, willing to endure pain and suffering in order to ‘appear’ younger than their actual age.  […]

FMM 12 6 13 Let your light so shine.

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~ Nelson Mandela.   Along with the sadness at the loss of a great man (although even the word great seems too small for this particular leader) comes the opportunity to reflect on his examples.  Nelson Mandela inspired, led, […]

FMM 4 26 13 More flowers than bombs

‘No more hurting people’ ~Martin Richard, age 8.   It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that evil rules the world. We have recently been bombarded with images of loss of life and limb at the hands of a couple of young men, and an explosion in a fertilizer plant which killed […]