Posts Tagged ‘memories’

I was recently given a CD which had been created from a old tape recording of Rutherglen Citadel Songsters when they visited Southend Citadel on Sunday 2 June 1991, having been part of the massed songsters at the Royal Albert Hall the previous evening.

The first thing to say is it maybe wasn’t the best quality recording having been transferred from an old tape to a CD, however it was great to sit back, close my eyes and think back to the memories I have of that wonderful weekend, as well as remember those family and friends who were with us that weekend, who sadly are no longer with us.

I was songster pianist at that time, so it was quite interesting to hear the songsters, and me accompanying them, as I’m not sure I’ve heard myself accompanying the songsters before. As I listened to the recording I was reminded when the songsters started to sing one particular song, that as well as songster pianist I was also deputy songster leader at that time too. Here’s the Ladies voices singing Wonderful under my leadership:

As well as bringing back lovely memories of a great weekend, I was also reminded that there were a number of family and friends who were with us that weekend, who sadly are no longer with us. I was also reminded just how busy a life I had in the Army then too with three meetings on a Sunday plus open airs and helping in the Sunday School, as well as all the mid-week practices and many events that the various sections took part in locally as well as further afield. Being songster pianist and deputy songster leader, I also had additional practice and preparation to do for practices/meetings. So much so I now wonder where I got all the time to do all this, as I was working full-time!

Life most definitely was much busier for me in terms of my time/involvement at the Army in those days, but that doesn’t mean that these days my love of God is any less these days just because I’m maybe less involved and spend less time at the Army these days.

A lot has happened in my life in the 27 years since Rutherglen songsters visited Southend Citadel, and I’m the sure will be the case for you too. But is your love of God stronger today than it was 27 years ago, or have you turned away from God in that time?

Maybe today is the day to remember all God has done, and continues to do for you, and rekindle that love of God by reminding His power –  I Seek The Power which we sang during our visit to Southend Citadel in 1991, is one of my favourite song, and it’s message then is just as relevant today as it was then:

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

Sometimes a gift may be a just what we always wanted.

Sometimes that always wanted gift will be the only always wanted gift you’ll ever receive, so cherish it and keep that memory special.

Yesterday I spoke about the postcards we used to send our family and friends when we went on holiday, and how many times they would tell them “wish you were here”.

There are of course other times when we say “wish you were here”, and sadly at those times, that wish will never come true. When someone we love dies, it is of course a very emotional and difficult time, and so we may find ourselves saying we wish they were still here with us.

While we may wish those we love and care about will be with us forever, in reality it isn’t going to happen, because the only certain thing about life is that we will all die at some point. I don’t mean to make this a really morbid post, so I simply want to remind you that even through the hurt and heartache of losing someone we love, we must hold onto the precious moments we have spent with them. It won’t take away our heartache, but it will help you remember them just the way you loved them.

So yes, we wish our loved ones were still here with us, but if we keep focused on our memories, when we close our eyes, they will almost be here with us again.

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

There was a phase in my life when I was going through a rough time (Professionally ). Every now and then I use to get positive quotes stuck on my desk by my Friends. 🙂 But then I was going for a month vacation. So, while parting, A Friend of mine gifted this to me. Happy Box!! 🙂  It’s a box that contains so many positive quotes/moments. It’s been 5 months, whenever I am feeling low I just open the box and take a slip out of it. And yes, may be it’s not solving my problem but Yes , I always end up with a smile on my face and positive attitude to solve the problem. 🙂

Sometimes a gift may be a gift that just keeps on giving, even many months and years after it was initially given, simply because it brings beautiful happy memories to our mind. So cherish those gifts, and cherish those moments in your live, they are both the best gifts your can ever receive.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post New Ending, where I suggested there was no point in wishing you could go back and change the past, here’s further proof that we should never try to change the past.

Just think, if it wasn’t for the experiences we’ve had in the past, we wouldn’t have such wonderful memories to reflect on today. Yes, there may be memories we wish we could erode from our memory, but ultimately everything we’ve experienced in our life has help mould us into the person we are today.

So cherish your memories, not only do they keep precious memories in our mind, but they also keep important life lessons fresh in our mind too.

Love music

Posted: January 23, 2017 in life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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Music is something that can create all sorts of emotions and memories for us – It can take us to a place we’d forgotten years before; it can help us go to places we have only dreamt about; it can help us connect with others and can bring us closer to God.

What does music do for you?

This time of year can be difficult for so many, as it reminds them of family and friends who are no longer here. For some it will mean they are on their own for the first time this Christmas, and that can be particularly difficult.

While listening to music in my car the other day, the following song by Delta Goodrem came on, and it really touched me.

If you’re missing someone this Christmas, I pray you will find some joy in your memories of past Christmas, but also make the best of this Christmas as your loved ones would want you to try to have a happy time.

Wishing you were here by Delta Goodrem

I’ve been knock, knock, knocking at the thought of your door
But you’re not, not, not here anymore
I ring, ring, ring you’re every phone in my head
But I can’t get through, the connection is dead

I want, want to tell you about the news today
But you wouldn’t believe me, you’d laugh it away
There’s a ghost standing at the foot of my bed
And it’s you, it’s you, it’s you

It was you they told me who was in trouble
I couldn’t breathe on the other side of the world
And there was nothing I could do to help you
And it’s true today would be your birthday
It would’ve been your 27th year
And I miss you in the earth’s atmosphere
I wish you were here

I go back, back, back in every memory of there
But the clock ticks over every minute we shared
On my knees begging for it not to be true
But it was you, it was you, it was you

It was you they told me who was in trouble
I couldn’t breathe on the other side of the world
And there was nothing I could do to help you
And it’s true today would be your birthday
It would’ve been your 27th year
And I miss you in the earth’s atmosphere
I wish you were here

Instead of just in my dreams and in my imagination
Confusing me completely from another dimension
Can you see the beauty from a new beginning somewhere
Cause I feel like I won’t repair with time

It was you, it was you, it was you

It was you they told me who was in trouble
I couldn’t breathe on the other side of the world
And there was nothing I could do to help you
And it’s true today would be your birthday
It would’ve been your 27th year
And I miss you in the earth’s atmosphere
I wish you were here

I wish you were here

I recently came across the following and it really struck a chord with me, so had to share it with you…

The Train

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you all a joyful journey.

stream-train

good lessons

I’ve found from my own experiences that the best way to learn is from my own mistakes.

Memories are a great aid to remembering people who are no longer here with us, and a great way of cheering us up when life gets tough. However these aren’t the times that we learn the most from, as learning comes from remembering our mistakes, and choosing a different path whenever we face the same choices again.

Our life lessons last a lifetime, so keep on learning!

Where to start with this one?

How about…

family

Those are very generic terms aren’t they…clan,generations, home etc. I was however thinking more specific things about what family means to you. Maybe something like this

What-does-family-mean-to-you

They are quite specific, and all things I would quite happily agree my family mean to me. How about you, do you have any specific words/terms that you’d use to describe what your family means to you?