Difficult Days

May be a cartoon of standing

“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.

“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.”

Sarah Grey won the ‘Miss Ink Australia’ and ran her own tattoo studio. Now she’s a doctor and orthopaedic surgeon… ‘one of the most tattooed people in the medical industry’. Many have fixed ideas as to what a doctor should look like and be like…

Sometimes on Difficult Days we need a Sarah to challenge our stereotypes, assumptions and prejudices.

England are playing cricket against India. Yesterday was ‘Red for Ruth’ day. Following the death of his wife to a rare form of lung cancer, Sir Andrew Strauss, the former England cricket captain, set up the ‘Ruth Strauss Foundation’.

Many were wearing red, raising awareness and money to support families facing the death of a parent and develop research into lung cancers. Sometimes on Difficult Days we need an Andrew, campaigning for our cause

Musing on Solomon’s words: ‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother’.

We may be Pooh grateful for our Piglet; we may be Piglet supporting our friend Pooh. We may know a personal God who sits with us…

Sometimes on Difficult Days we need that personal friend…

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