As I write on this Easter Sunday morning the sun is pouring in through the window, the trees outside my window are new, fresh and bursting with life. The red leaves of the Japanese Acers, and red of the Prunus against the vivid green of Hazel and Magnolia show how after many months of being dormant that they will always return in the Spring.

Whatever unrest that may be occurring in our own families or on the world stage nature will triumph.

It is on mornings such as these that I take stock of my own life.

I am eternally grateful for every moment, the good times and the not so good times, there have of course been bumps in the road, as there will have been for everyone. The unexpected shocks that we all face are never easy, it is then we rely others to steady the ship.

It is when facing adversity that we find out who our true friends are, people who are there for us to give us the help we need.

Easter for me is about new life, new beginnings and a time to let go of any malice I might be holding on to, to not be able to let go will only destroy, me and those around me.

Forgiveness is one of the hardest things of all but it also the most powerful and enabling, to forgive those who have hurt us and caused us heartbreak, gives us freedom to embrace all that is good in our lives.

I don’t know what the future holds for me but I hope that I have the strength to do my best.

Although Easter has an obvious tinge of sadness for all my family, it is also a time of hope.

I hope this Easter Sunday you are all able to find peace in your hearts.

Jane.