Whatever we may think of the Queen and the monarchy, this Jubilee has been a great excuse for a party. Everywhere you look there are people getting together, many of them saying, ‘how wonderful to finally meet my neighbours’, or ‘we should do this every year!’
Building a sense of community is the backbone of so much. Apart from generating feelings of goodwill and happiness, it is our connections with others that keep us safe. This is the principle behind Neighbourhood Watch schemes, on the level of preventing local crime, but it works on many levels.
When our daughter was setting off on her gap year, travelling on her own much of the time and in the days when mobile coverage was not so international, we worried about her safety. I remember Jeff saying to her, “if you want to stay safe, love and bless everyone you meet”. In other words, when we stay energetically and positively connected with others we don’t feel separate and fearful, and we don’t create hostility or attack in our lives or attract it.
Imagine how many people and how much time and energy has been involved in enormous events like the River Pageant or the Jubilee concert, plus thousands of local parties. There is a tide of community running this week and that in itself is great to celebrate.
Time for another party!
Sue and Jeff