I love today’s poem (and in fact chose it as the poem for the postcards that we sent out all over the place).
It reminds me of one of my favourite sayings (that I’ve been working to since I was 25, when I started getting rid of stuff), William Morris’ “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”. On looking for this online – I found this blog post (and this always reminds me of Brian Draper’s “Less is More“:
Today Maggi gives us the raising of Lazarus as today’s ‘pause for thought’ – an encouraging earthiness as we think about this story. Images we’ve seen of Jesus in most western art have him floating around in a ‘transcendent’ way, and actually here he may have had a blotchy face/runny nose for his tears (and Maggi suggests a number of reasons why he might have been crying – knowing that he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead).
Other than physical death, we can have a kind of ‘living death’, putting up with jobs, etc. that are crushing our spirits … its takes time and courage to break out of this (whether that be moving on, or challenging within a role), but only then can we grasp life with both hands .. and thinking back to today’s poem … not be pulled back by life’s clutter, but move forward (and not in exec speak either!).
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.