Six Honest Serving Men

…Chatting with Steve… Steve’s a ‘Reablement Support Worker’ – visiting folks in their homes after they’ve come out of hospital… making sure they’re OK – taking their medication, looking after themselves, recovering well.

Each shift is stressful – perhaps 12 visits, half an hour each; Steve’s got to be on top form – not making a mistake with the medication, recording correctly, being a cheerful, welcome visitor…

…Spotting Ed Sheeran filming in Lowestoft… the Suffolk superstar was filming a music video in a ‘top secret’ location… North Lowestoft beach!

Social media told stories of local dog-walkers ‘discovering’… word getting round… selfies with Ed… chatting to his chauffeur, his caterer… Great excitement!!

…Remembering Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…

…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

…Reading Brian McLaren’s ‘We make the road my walking’:

Fellowship is a kind of belonging that isn’t based on status, achievement or gender, but instead is based on a deep belief that everyone matters, everyone is welcome, everyone is loved, no conditions, no exceptions.

It’s not the kind of belonging you find at the top of the ladder among those who think they are the best, but at the bottom among all the rest, with all the other failures and losers who have either climbed the ladder and fallen, or never got up enough gumption to climb in the first place.

Musing, Rudyard’s Serving-men…

What? Steve’s lesson: Do ordinary, everyday things well. Brief conversations are important.

Why and When? Ed’s lesson: The unexpected, unexplained may happen at any time.

How and Where? Robert’s lesson: I must make important decisions on a road I’ve not travelled before

Who? Brian’s lesson: I must include everybody; everybody belongs.

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