I rose this morning to a perfect day. Without reading about the latest happenings in the world, I sat in peace while drinking my cup of tea. The sun emitted just the right heat and light to welcome me. Full leaves like hands have replaced the tiny green buds on the tall trees outside the window. Best of all, flowers replace the tight buds on the patch of wild garlic beside the road. We've all woken after the long sleep of winter.
Sound penetrates. Rather than representing an ugly urban jungle, the swish of traffic as it speeds up or downhill represents the river of life passing by my door. The two-lane old Roman road could never overwhelm the peace in my little village. On my daily walk beside the row of cottages, I concentrate on the tall trees, which fill the sky and almost meet overhead. At the same time as the newly emerging leaves, the horse chestnut trees produce tall spikes of flowers like candles to decorate their boughs.
Back to the happenings outside my paradise.
Last night, people sighted a meteor over the south west of England and Wales, big enough to be captured on film. Viewers say the phenomenon is a once in a lifetime event. The meteor was likely to have been debris from Halley's Comet. Bigger than a shooting star, it had a strange greenish tinge to it. This reminds me that I am like a grain of sand on a tiny planet—one of many other grains.
On the other side of the world, Bangladesh announced a shut down of 18 garment factories for safety reasons yesterday. However, the action is too late to save at least eight people. Police report a fire in a garment factory in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka. It comes with the issue of industrial safety in Bangladesh under intense scrutiny following the collapse of an eight-storey building late last month. Officials have confirmed that at least 912 people had died in the disaster. I send them condolence.
In other news: Tens of thousands of students in Chile have resumed their protests for free education with marches in major cities. Also, there is no easy answer on the Syria crisis, but the US and Russia have committed to work together until the end of conflict in the country. Last of all, the bodies of three more soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being repatriated to the UK later.
Rather than worry about the happenings in the world, I prefer to concentrate on the paradise I see. Just for today. ... Take some time for yourself. Live the moment. It will never come again.