Norways sorrow brings a change of perspective

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I'm awake. I can't sleep. It's not a child that's disturbing my vain attempts at slumber. I'm feeling ashamed.

Earlier events today in Norway are disheartening. It makes one stop and ruminate at how just a few people can have such a profound effect on so many peoples lives.

It's reminded me to take a step back and take stock of my own values.Before I slunk off to bed this evening I added a new blog post on here, I had been looking forward to putting the post in question up all week thinking it ideal reading material for the weekend and I was looking forward to seeing the response it got.

Lying in bed now though I can't help but feel ashamed of myself. I had read online of the terrible events in Norway early in the evening but I've been lost in my own self indulgence, thinking mainly if I am brutally honest about my own self promotion.I was even grumbling that I couldn't find any chocolate in the house. I caught the news before I went to bed and the images have stayed with me as I have been led here and it's made me take stock of what is truly important.

This is just a blog, not important to anyone other than myself in the grand scheme of things and I've been preoccupied of late with everything 'bloggy'. It may come across melodramatic but thinking of so many people suffering like that so far away is heartbreaking . Some people have lost loved ones, families divided and an entire country shaken to it's core. It reminds you that such awful things happen everyday over the world, countries in turmoil with famine, war and unrest.

In the morning I'll wake up to my loving family, safe and sound and go about my day as usual but there'll be one difference from yesterday morning - I won't be taking it for granted. I am spending today with all of my eight children together, an event that only happens for 3 hours every month, and I'm going to savour every moment of it.

My thoughts go out to those in turmoil tonight. As for those of us who are healthy, safe and with our families I wish you an extra close weekend with the ones that you love the most.

Peace out x