I'm sure we're all looking forward to a significant lessening of the current lockdown restrictions. And it seems to me, that prominent in propelling the Government towards this welcome move are the twin drivers of 'the pub' and 'the holiday'... British institutions to which it seems – if the volume of media coverage is anything to go by - we're entitled by right!
Now I certainly have some sympathy with the latter. Though I'm sure for many of us, due to travel and quarantine restrictions, instead of some exotic foreign clime we'll have to hope for some extra 'global warming' down Blackpool way.
GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL
A couple of weeks away from the daily grind would be so welcome. A different scene, great weather and hardly any responsibilities. But the problem is... the daily grind is usually lying in wait for us when we get back!
Actually, to digress a little, holiday time reminds me of an old Andy Capp cartoon which I remember from the Daily Mirror many years ago...
Says Andy to wife Flo: 'Quick, I need ten bob, (for us older folks it
was the days of real money), it's a certainty in the 2.30 at Haydock'.
(or some other racecourse, I can't remember).
Replies Flo to Andy, 'Where did your bookie go for his holiday
'Bermuda.' responds Andy.
And where did we go Andy? asks Flo.
Yer mother's. says Andy.
Flo's final reply... 'Think about it!'
GETTING TO GRIPS WITH IT ALL
To be more positive however, holidays can be a time when, with a change of scenery and a break from the pressures and distractions of everyday living, we're free to ponder the things of life that really matter.
But some years ago I realised that instead of trying to escape my personal trials and tribulations, I needed a strategy by which I could handle them better. And thankfully I found one in the Bible which has served me well and which I happily pass on to you...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding:
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
So, in the words of Flo, why not 'Think about it!