Over the past few weeks I have once again been realising just how immensely privileged I am:
- I have two quite amazing children who continue to be a source of love and pride
- I have a really wonderful, loving wife with whom I can share this incredible life
- I have a secure and enjoyable job which is meaningful and worthwhile, and which I truly love
- I work with some inspiring colleagues who are passionate and committed to doing the best for children and families
- I am extremely fortunate to know some exceptional friends, here in Coventry and around the world, who are prepared to stand up for what they believe – for truth, justice, peace and compassion – even when that brings criticism or personal hardship
- I earn far more than I need, and have never had to experience the anxiety of not knowing where my next meal will come from, or how I am going to pay the next month’s bills
- I am fit and healthy and able to enjoy the beauty of the world we live in, the joy of good companionship, and moments of peace and rest
- I have never had to experience the terror of violence or abuse
- Even in the awful grief of Helen’s death 4 years ago, and of my sister, Mei Ling before that, I have been surrounded by people who care for me and have held me through the difficult times
So, somehow, I have to live with the perplexity of why I have been so blessed while so many people, including some of my own friends have not been.
I pray that I may never take any of this for granted, as somehow being my right; that I will be able to enjoy and be grateful for the blessings I have received, while holding them lightly and in humility; and that perhaps in some small ways, I may be able to bless others too.