Let’s face it, life can be difficult and can throw us some low ballers or a curveball – something unexpected or deceptive that confuses, thwarts, or outwits us. Like a curveball in baseball which is difficult to hit or a low ball in rounders which is against the rules if below the knee, situations come at us, sometimes ‘out of the blue’ and it’s hard and it hurts.
In life, we can feel like we are fighting a losing battle or we’re on the losing side. Whether we are tackling fitness or weight loss, facing health issues, dealing with stress and anxiety, or raising children.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder about my life and the way things have turned out. When life gets difficult or mundane or when we simply end up reflecting on our lives, we can end up wishing things had gone differently.
How would you describe your feelings when you are feeling tired, out of salts, harassed or even stressed? When life has got you down, got the better of you, taken it out of you?
I’ll be honest I quote lines from the Lord of the Rings often in my daily life. Mostly whilst among close family members as they understand me, and they too are Lord of the Rings fans! At the start of the first film, Bilbo says to Gandalf, the wizard: “I want to see mountains, Gandalf!”
Kick start, reboot or boost your Family Prayer Time with the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference….
I was thinking about what Lady Galadriel said to the weary travellers who made up The Fellowship of the Ring, when they all stopped off on their journey at her place. The Lord of the Rings characters who stood in front of Lady Galadriel, as she welcomed them to Lothlórien, had been through some particularly difficult trials to say the least. Together, the group of nine fought some really evil opponents within an inch of their lives, and experienced fear like nothing else, having been pursued by a Dark Lord, a bunch of dark riders and some exceptionally ugly warriors all intent on killing them. If this was not enough, this group of weary wonderers had lost their beloved friend on their travels.
I often joke about there being a ‘Lord of the Rings’ line or quote to fit every situation in life. Well, I would I’m a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan! In saying that there is depth to some of the lines and quotes from the film or book whether from Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, or Sam or any of the other characters. “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
For art time, Jo Jo shows us how to make angels out of toilet rolls – you could make a host of angels with just three things from your home.
This is an edited version of an Art Time Video we made in 2020 - this new version simply has better sound! Jo and Peter show us how to make flatbread – so easy and with only two ingredients:
Jo Jo makes a snake appear by turning a lolly pop stick into a snake using mainly felt tips pens and a long red tongue -sssssuper!