Sunday Post : Surroundings

Jakesprinter’s Surroundings look beautiful this week, as he lounges on the shore and waves to a passing boat.  Often enough I, too, sit with a beautiful vista before me.

Fountains playing in Lagos

Lagos fortress and old harbour

Taking to the sea, beneath Ponte da Piedade

And returning, surrounded by stacks

Boats on Tavira Island

And trees

And the setting sun

But today I’m feeling sad for all those people whose surroundings are miserable. People whose homes have been damaged by flood and fire, from Hurricane Sandy and all of nature’s extremes.  People who live in poverty.  People throughout the world who are confined by harsh leaders, or are victimised for their differences.  People who in this time of financial squeeze are struggling to maintain a grip on their surroundings.

And of course, on this, Remembrance Sunday, I’m feeling sad for those who risk their lives for us daily, often in grim surroundings.  My thoughts are with those whose surroundings are so much less desirable than my own.

Thanks, Jake, for this opportunity to share my good fortune.  Lest we forget.


  1. Ah, Tavira! i would be happy with a week in these surroundings every year 🙂
    But yes, even without these surroundings to gaze at, not a day goes by without my giving thanks for my good fortune. I have always maintained it is a fine line, an accident of birth that decides the lottery of life. Sobering thought.

      1. Hi Jo – home again thank goodness – back out to Tenerife in Dec for a conference then no travel plans until May. I may have to sort out a city break. Haven’t forgotten my awards from you….. will get there eventually. Hope all’s well with you 🙂

  2. Such a lovely thoughtful post of empathy! I have lived through an Earthquake (6.8 on the Ritcher Scale) and a typhoon that had cars floating and wiped out the subway station lines for 6 months. Although it sounds like catastrophe, and it is at first, it’s amazing how people quickly and intuitively learn to survive and cope, but these natural disasters also do something magical – bring people closer together, not only families, but friends and neighbours. The country actually feels a like stronger “team” after such events. I don’t wish this upon any country or city but it’s wonderful that at the worst of times, the world can be a better place! Thanks so much for reminding us this with your post, Jo!

    1. I was under a little cloud of gloom all day, which I just couldn’t shake off, and with no good reason, Sam. I felt a little ashamed of myself when I watched the news and the post was almost a result of that.

      1. I think we all have those gloomy moments and it is nothing to feel ashamed about because we are still able to recognise and acknowledge that there are worse things in life even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.

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