I have to confess to a rather guilty secret; well, a secret no more, I love stationery. I love stationery in all its forms. Not just notebooks, writing paper, folders and other paper-based products but pens, pencils; especially mechanical ones, highlighters and all the other bits and pieces that have some kind of use in an office. I’m not alone in the joy I find in office supplies. Along with her much more normal interests in shoes and handbags, my daughter Becky,
also shares my stationery ‘habit.’ This may be due to the numerous visits that we made together, during her formative years, to Staples, Office World, or any number of independent stationers. Or it may just be good genes. Nurture or nature; it is always a tricky call. One of the highlights of the week just gone has been the arrival of my
new 2019 diary. Now some of you may feel that the middle of June is a little early to be purchasing a diary for the next year, but I have already made entries, albeit in pencil, as far as next July. The new diary was the subject of a fair amount of research as I am still trying to find the perfect diary for parish life. My Moleskine Daily Planner, in use this year, has been almost there. Good size, enough room for making notes but feeling slightly ungainly. The new diary, a Sigel Conceptum; cheaper, better paper quality and slightly larger, making it more balanced, bodes well for the coming year. Some of you may be thinking, this man needs to get out more, and I accept that writing about stationery isn’t that exciting, for most people, but the only other thing I could cast my mind to just now was
the World Cup. And I think we can all agree that no-one wants a non-sporty Jock living in England talking about the World Cup. So back to stationery. As I looked through my new diary, finding out all the useful bits of information that it had in it and flicking through the days of next year I realised that I was already mentally planning many of my activities for 2019. 2018 not half way through and I was already planning the next year. Now, I’m sure that I am not alone in this. Almost as soon as we come back from a holiday we are thinking about where to go to next. Or what is on TV this week, or what we will plant in the garden next year. As an ex-soldier I am keen on planning. Prior preparation prevents poor performance as they say in the Army (or at least, something similar). Planning is good, but I know that I am sometimes guilty of focusing too much on the future. Perhaps worrying about something
that in the end doesn’t actually happen, or putting off doing something until the right moment comes. And when that moment doesn’t arrive what would really have been better done or said today just doesn’t happen. I suspect that many of you find yourselves in the same boat. And that is a shame, because often we are prevented from living our lives to the full today due to worries about tomorrow. God loves us. He is in control of today, and he is in control of tomorrow. So let’s live our lives fully. Let’s enjoy the life we have been given today. And tomorrow let’s enjoy that as well. God knows our past, our present and our future. We are in good hands.
Have a wonderful couple of months.