Having navigated myself around the shops on Black Friday, I was seriously in need of caffeine and my poor feet needed some reward for carrying me around for four hours!
Cup in hand and taking my first sip, I began to take in the environment around me.
This was when I noticed an elderly couple, who also looked a bit worse for wear and obviously in need of refreshment.
This made my mind wander into free fall, imagining, as though in a movie, their life experience and all they have witnessed during their lives.
Imagine going from no technology to all they see around them now - and that’s just one example of a change they must have experienced.
I thought about the immense contributions they will have made along the way and it made me feel so lucky to be sat there, even though my feet were still protesting!
The older generation have taught us so much and are still doing so.
Programmes like The Great British Bake Off and sewing programmes all stem from yester year and yet seamlessly integrate with a new twist today.
When one thinks of how little they must have had and judging by their age, no doubt the couple must have been children when the First World War broke out.
‘Choice’ was a small word back then - there was no popping to 24-hour supermarkets, no quick mobile call to mum to see if she needs any milk, but they were happy, there was a real sense of community and camaraderie.
Maybe because they were ‘all in the same boat’ so to speak.
My point is, that maybe the phrase “less is more” really has more meaning then we think?
Do we really need to rush around the shops and meet everyone’s expectations? And is it not true that paying on your credit card is not like spending money at all?
You don’t seem to notice the amount that’s actually been zipping along until it lands on your mat like a brick
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Setting everything aside, I think most people would probably agree that the most important thing is being with loved ones and sharing as much time as possible with our precious family.
This sentiment applies at all times of the year but especially during the next coming weeks leading up to Christmas, which leads me to think about those elderly people that have no love ones and yet have contributed so much to our society.
It seems that sometimes, because we are all processing so much these days, there is little space in our brains to include anything other than what we have on our plates right now.
It’s important that we find a way.
There is always a way. Maybe we can delegate the task to a young person in the family - mum is always busy but maybe that young person could call in have a chat to the elderly couple next door, listen to their stories and take some food round so they too know that someone cares.