But sometimes the clouds overwhelm us. There are cloudy days that are, indeed, just that - cloudy days, with (often) accompanying rain and cold weather and there are the cloudy days that are the metaphorical ones that cloud our minds and bring sadness into our lives. I am, today, thinking of someone who was part of our family for quite a while. Someone who is no longer a 'real' part of our lives, but who is still dear to my heart. She has just lost her mother and I have no words to say to her that I think would even come close to being able to soften her grief. She lives on the other side of the world. Her mother was younger than I am and I feel a guilt of sorts that I am here; here to appreciate the blue sky and the trees and the sunshine - and she is not. Sometimes life seems unfair. But who are we to question? I have no idea why I am still here and others have left long ago. Just as I have no idea why other people live to "ripe old ages" and are "given" so many more years on earth than others.
I sometimes include the words of the Beatles' song, "Let it Be" on the front of printed eulogies. I'm still not sure if I believe it to be true, but we can always hope.
"And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see, there will be an answer, let it be".