This is a new blog for all of us in this unexpected and unusual opportunity to take time out so our minds and hearts can be stilled from the daily whirlwind of life.  Some of you will see this as an opportunity to do the garden, the decorating, and tackle those jobs you have put off for so long!  For others you feel alone, anxious about tomorrow and fearful of catching the virus.

You could see this as an opportunity to learn a language, play the piano, paint that picture, for me I love to write, so why not start a blog to exercise my mind and yours.

As a writer I have a vivid imagination and find plots flow, the characters become real, not only to me but also the readers of my books.   And, just as in life, I have no idea of the twists and turns that will come to me as the story unfolds.

“Food for thought” aims to take you from where you are, and what you are feeling, into a realm you may not have previously considered, and in normal circumstances wouldn’t have had an interest.

The menu each day will be of a picture.  One which you can close your eyes and reflect on.  The simple way is to reflect first on the whole picture and then see if something attracts your attention. If you find ‘seeing’ a mind picture difficult, focus on an object(s) you know, eg a tree, and allow that to develop.  You may find it helpful to write your observations, as later you may want to revisit them.   You could with a friend on email, share this experience together, which makes it more interesting, especially if you find you are seeing a very similar things.

This idea was initiated by my friend Lel, who whilst relaxing saw  in her mind’s eye a large white cloth being laid upon a long table.  When she told me about it, I felt I should consider it further and found I had a desire to lay the table with silver cutlery and polished cut glasses in preparation for a feast.  I don’t know when that feast will take place, who, or when people will take a seat at the table, but the opportunity is open to anyone who wants to take the journey with us.

For this blog I wanted a picture to represent the table, and found this one. It’s long table and I couldn’t see the end, but I believe will seat all who wish to take up the invitation.  The table is extravagantly set, bringing me to believe that the food and wine will be plentiful and the company exceptional.  On all my writing adventures I know the beginning and end, but have no idea how I will get there.  Each time I am given a small part of the bigger map to follow, which like a jigsaw does eventually come together to reveal the whole picture.

Now the choice is yours to share in this daily journey where I expect our eyes and ears to be open to things we have not seen before or heard before.

“I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!” Psalm 32:8-9 (Passion Translation TPT)”


Series 1: What’s on the menu?