Pause For Thought on The Vanessa Show on BBC Radio 2... This week's theme was "What Makes You Happy?!)
This morning Pause For Thought is the first I have ever done that was sparked by a social media conversation with a fellow Pause for Thoughter. I might even need to credit as a co-write.
On Friday night I was watching my beloved Manchester City beating West Ham United 5-0 in the FA Cup on TV. Now that made me happy!
However, I knew Vanessa wouldn’t like a football Pause For Thought. It didn’t same weighty enough. BUT then I got involved in a social media chat during the match with regular Pause For Thoughter on the Breakfast Show, Rev. Richard Coles. Rev Coles posted that even as an Arsenal fan he loved Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. I suggested he did a Pause For Thought on De Bruyne and he replied “#keepitsimple.”
That seamlessly shifted what makes me happy in sport to what makes me happy in life. Richard Coles is right. For me it is the simplest acts of love that gives me the deepest and most lasting form of happiness.
At the end of 2016 I lost my mother very unexpectantly. My father has advanced dementia and so losing my mother, his carer, meant he needed to go into a home. It was a double hit. Parental grief was new to me. That culture shock that rattles every fibre of you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually left me bereft of any form of happiness.
The only thing that made sense, and still makes sense 6 weeks later, is my wife, Janice, holding my hand. Last thing at night, first thing in the morning and at various other times in the day… no clever, literary or wise words. Just a hand. Fingers entwined in love. Happiness. Simple.
I reckon Jesus knew that Richard Coles’ keep it simple was about more than midfield genius on a football field. Love your neighbour. Simple. Today we all hold the power of happiness. Those around us may be lonely, sad, hurting, grieving, needing the loan of something, needing a helping hand, needing let out of a side street in rush hour, needing a good morning or how are you. Someone closer to us might even need that hand held. Love brings happiness. Doesn’t need to be clever. Let’s all give it Rev Richard Coles #keepitsimple.
after the thought Vanessa played Hold My Hand by Hootie & The Blowfish... clever...