Easter – A Time of New Beginnings

Easter Bunny 001It was recently announced that Cadburys would be removing the word “Easter” from their chocolate eggs, for fear of offending some of their potential customers. To me, this just seems ridiculous! But it did get me thinking about what Easter means to people, in the broader sense.

A small child might well answer “chocolate”! My boys are too old for them now, but I remember what fun we used to have on our traditional family Easter Egg Hunt. The location was generally my sister’s garden, or in my mum’s lovely old house. Her house is an ideal location – full of handy wooden beams, nooks and crannies and endless jugs, pots, boxes and containers which make the perfect hidey-hole. We adults would hide the eggs, of course and sometimes follow the smaller ones around, dropping useful hints about where to look. Eating the spoils was certainly part of the appeal for all the children, but amassing a larger haul than your siblings or cousins seemed to be equally important.

So, what does Easter mean to you as an adult? For many, it is about rebirth and new beginnings. Did you know that you can start a brand new 24 hours at any time of the day you want? It’s never too late to make a fresh start. You can use this Easter weekend as a time to have fun with the kids and reinforce family traditions. You can also use it to decide exactly what new beginning you want in your life. However: what if you find it far easier to decide what you don’t want, rather than decide on what you do? Try turning the “don’t want” statement on its head and creating the thing you do want – i.e. the opposite.

What kind of parent do you want to be?

What kind of co-parenting relationship do you want with your ex?

How do you want your home to look, feel, smell and sound when you walk through the door?

What kind of memories and traditions do you want to leave your child, what kind of legacy?

And when would now be a good time to begin that new beginning?

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Stephen Sutton’s Legacy

Today a bright light went out in the world as 19 year old teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton finally lost his battle against the deadly disease, having (so far)raised in excess of three million pounds in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. His story went viral – and global- in this age of social media and the world fell in love with Stephen and his brave battle to stay alive to meet his fundraising target (not to mention crossing off as many things as possible off his “bucket list”). The general public and celebrities from comedians to the Prime Minister David Cameron showed their support in person, via snail mail and email, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m sure I can speak for all you mothers out there when I say that his mother Jane’s dignified message on Facebook today made me cry.

My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May.

‘The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey.

‘We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many. Love, His mom x

If you’d like to find out more about this remarkable young man, please visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StephensStory

I’d like to sign off this evening by asking all of you to consider what legacy you would like to leave your family, friends and to the world in general. Unlike poor Stephen, the majority of us have no idea how much time we have on earth but his is a poignant reminder to make the most of every single day and to leave a legacy, a life that our children can be proud of.

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