Reflections on my day….

Simon of St Locks standing in front of his vanMy job brings me in constant connection with the general public but earlier this week i seemed to spend the full day doing work for elderly ladies all over Shrewsbury and Telford who all lived alone.They all had much in common, they were friendly, talkative, optimistic and all seemed to still have a genuine zest and interest in life. Looking around their immaculate front rooms I paused to look at photos of their Husbands gone and family and it made me ponder how life changes for us all and what incredible journeys some of these ladies have been on. It made me value my own circumstances, having my wife and my still young boys, and kind of reinforced that we should all try and live for the moment. I always spend that little more time with these customers having a chat and a cup of tea, not because i feel obliged or sorry for these people but because they deserve respect of a few minutes out of anyones day and very often they are interesting to talk with and leave me a nugget of wisdom that can help me on my journey. I know its not all a bed of roses, and some elderly people need help and  are lonely but i can honestly say that i see the full spectrum and by far the larger percentage of the elderly i work for are happy, relatively healthy and active ladies and I am sure a big part of this is the fact that we are in this great county of Shropshire.

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