Keeping a sense of humour

  Newsletter 03 August 2021  

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Christmas MeetPrayLove Newsletter

I was in Dunkeld a couple of weeks ago having coffee with a friend. As we were chatting, I received a text from my neighbour telling me there was a cow in my garden. As I drove home, frantic to find out whether any of my plants had survived the rampage or what had happened to my lawn , the funny side of it suddenly dawned on me. I thought to myself, “Sally, you can either turn this into a disaster or you can laugh.” No-one was ill or injured – and grass and plants ... well they can grow again. However I did need to pull myself up from turning a not very serious situation into a catastrophe.

As we journey through the year, inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela, we reflect this month on his ability to maintain a sense of humour.

“You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with, and a sense of humour and a complete relaxation, even when you’re discussing serious things, does help to mobilise friends around you. And I love that,” Mandela said in a 2005 interview.

At election rallies in 1994, Mandela repeatedly elicited trilling howls of ululation from women of all ages when he explained how voters should search their ballots for the picture of the “very handsome young man” – referring to himself – to mark their support for the ANC.

Perhaps our small groups can help us gain perspective and help us not to take ourselves too seriously. I have no doubt that they will be more likely to succeed if we know we’re going to have some fun along with the way.


Practical Idea: is to have some fun and relax!
Try making a pipe cleaner animal or bug to hang on the Christmas tree. I’m going to attempt to make a cow.


Variety of coloured pipe cleaners
Embroidery thread


Choose pipe-cleaners that appeal to you
Have fun twisting them to see what you come up with
Find places on the branches of a Christmas tree for your creation

Charity of the Month Action for Children.

Shocked by the plight of homeless children on the streets of London in 1869, young Methodist minister Thomas Bowman Stephenson decided to take action. With the help of two Methodist friends, Alfred Mager and Francis Horner, he converted a disused stable block into The Children's Home. 145 years on Stephenson’s charity, now known as Action for Children, continues to support and speak out for children, young people and parents in tough circumstances.

Looking ahead to 2015 why not encourage any groups of children under and around the age of 5 to take part in AFC’s ‘Giant Wiggle’. Anyone can hold their own Giant Wiggle event: nurseries, children's centres, playgroups, families and friends. The Giant Wiggle is taking place on 19 March 2015.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy 2015


Sally Robertson

MeetPrayLove Editor

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