It’s good and important to make sure the train stops. This photo was taken last week and is of my niece Ella. It’s always good to be sure that the driver knows there are passengers to pick up!

On This Day 

On April 21st 2016 The musician and singer Prince, who was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and ’90s, died at the age of 57 from a drug overdose.

On April 21st 2019 the Ukrainian comedian Volodymr Zelensky won the country’s presidential election in a landslide victory. Few could have predicted what an outstanding leader he has proved to be during the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia

Birthday’s Today🎂

Lucy Kennedy (Irish TV Presenter) is 47

James McAvoy (Actor) is 44

Robert Smith (Singer with The Cure) is 64

Significance Of Today

Today is World Creativity and Innovation Day. It provides people with an excuse to try to solve old problems in new ways with the potential of finding better and more effective solutions. No more staying in the same rut.  Instead, it is time to be open to a creative solution and often its the first small steps to make it happen that are the most important of all.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Every day we face problems large and small that need creative solutions. Having a growth mindset will help you be fluent and flexible in looking at the world in a new light.” ~Catherine Fitterman Radbill

Saint For Today

Saint for Today is Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Did You Know😇

The hair of a reindeer is hollow and this helps to keep them warm in the winter months

Video For This Week 🎥

Thought For The Week

‘More than anything in my experience, hope is what beats in the heart of all people, particularly in the heart of the Irish. Every action is about hope, it can make things better.” ~President Joe Biden speaking in Dundalk during the week

There is a story about a boy who sat on the steps of a building with a battered hat by his feet. A cardboard sign read: “I’m blind please help”. The hat held a few small coins. A man was walking by. He dropped a euro into the hat, picked up the sign, turned it around, wrote something on it and put it back where he had found it. Soon the hat began to fill up with coins and notes.

That afternoon the same man was passing by again and came over to check how the boy was doing. “What did you write on my sign this morning,” asked the boy. The man said he wrote much the same except that he used different words. This is what he had written: “You are enjoying a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs had told the people that the boy was blind. One shared the facts, the other shared a personal experience. The personal experience touched people and was the reason why the boy’s hat had been filled with lots of coins.

The message of Easter has to also be a personal experience. On its own it is factual that doesn’t touch us much. But when we personalise it, the Easter story becomes alive. It is a story filled with hope, it is about celebrating new beginnings, it is embracing opportunity, it is about believing in love, kindness and goodness. It is as President Joe Biden puts it about recognising the hope that beats in the heart of everyone. Take away this hope and we have nothing.

The Easter journey and celebration lasts for six weeks. This is not random but a reminder of giving enough time to feel this hope, to see this hope and to be this hope to each other.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday