At the beginning …
… is always a good place to start, especially for a journey.
Things are happening in my life that are stressful – in the words of the well known “Serenity Prayer” …
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
… well I know I cannot change the stressful things directly – they are caused by other peoples’ decisions; decisions that those other people have the right and choice to make. Some of those stresses will naturally dissolve away – others will have a significant impact on my future and in the long term they are probably a positive outcome for me – but getting to the outcome is the stressful bit.
As a consequence of those decisions I am about to embark on possibly the biggest, most important journey of my entire life; I am setting out with optimism and belief in my future. I have a big group of people offering me support; some of them wanting to board my Ark as soon as I need staff and I am not afraid of hard work.
But first … a smaller journey as therapy to provide me some serenity!
Every weekday, I catch a Stagecoach bus to work (and another home again!). There are things about Stagecoach that irritate me and that I think could be done differently for passengers benefit, but the one thing they do absolutely right is their Megarider tickets. Usually I buy a monthly Megarider and Royal Mail drop it through my letterbox but for the start of this blog I am using weekly tickets costing me £24 for 7 days unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses across three counties.
- Each day I have set off using the bus I normally catch; this is a deliberate decision to help ground the ‘serenity’ where I will need it – in my normal every day existence;
- Each day I have a destination in mind but it might change as I journey dependent on advice from my “weather guru” or on happenstance when I get to somewhere and see an alternative journey beckoning;
- Each day I take my camera (nothing fancy … a digital bridge … but I am making myself use the manual setting so I have to make an effort to capture the pictures I really want; and
- Each day I take my Megarider ticket and a small amount of money.
Read on for a daily account of my travels and may you find courage to face the stresses in your life and the serenity to deal with those things you cannot change.