Sitting, waiting for Doug, I could not help laughing as I saw the Pharmacist dash up to the store just after 9 am. There were no customers waiting, just the sales assistants. They were laughing and giving him the ‘hurry up’ as he unlocked the roller shutters of the Pharmacy. I was still sitting there when a few minutes later he came back to the doorway to roll up the second shutter. He beamed that lovely boyish grin of his as our eyes locked and I light-heartedly said, “Sprung”’. By now Doug had arrived and we both laughed as we noted, as they say in old fashioned novels, that he was still in his stockinged feet.
This reminded me of when we were in London in 2013 and the Boots Pharmacy on Earls Court Road did not open until after 11am. The Pharmacist had been held up by a traffic accident en-route. I had no idea that according to law a Pharmacy cannot open unless there is a Pharmacist present. Not even to sell a bandage or a tube of toothpaste. When I returned later there was quite a queue and customers were getting somewhat anxious and frustrated as they saw the time ticking away.
I’ve heard it said that to reduce anxiety and stress we should make ourselves concentrate on living in the ‘now’, instead of thinking ahead all the time. It’s harder to do than it sounds. Richard Carlson the psychotherapist and motivational speaker gave us the advice in one of the fastest selling books of all time, it was titled, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. I wouldn’t have minded that advice when I was a young mum but Richard was not born until 1961.
Being anxious and stressed because we have so much on our minds is not a 21st Century issue. Jesus is quoted in Matthew 6:34 telling us not to be anxious about tomorrow but to just concentrate on the things of today. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 that we should give all our worries and cares to God because He cares for us.
The question is, can we do that, without taking them back again?
Heading for the Tube along Earls Court Road in London – just across the road from Boots. L to R Shane, Brianna, Fiona, Caitlin, Douglas and I..