Nobody Should Feel Guilty…

We are being advised to keep away from the news media as much as we can because of the effect it can have on our mental health. I would prefer to avoid some of it but my husband has dementia and is obsessed with the news. He has a paper every day and woe betide if I forget to put the news on the TV at lunch and tea time. He sees a lot of the news as if for the first time and reacts accordingly and wants to talk about it too. I think I have had to try and shut down my emotions, particularly when individuals tell their stories, it just gets too hard to bear sometimes. And then I feel guilty if I’m having a bad day because so many others are having a much worse time.

Nobody should feel guilty about their reactions, nor should anyone compare themselves with others whether in a positive or negative way All of us react in our own way to what is going on around us and in the wider world – not just Covid 19 but all the other things that have been pushed out of the headlines. We may find it difficult to grasp but the wonderful thing is that God understands each and every person where they are, however trivial their concerns might seem to others. God is beside us in all our joys and sorrows, He knows how genuine our feelings are and does not compare anyone to anyone else.

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Janet Foster

Martlesham with Brightwell

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