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Love Is In The Air. Tuesday June 20, 2017

It's been a harrowing few weeks for the people of London and Manchester. The recent terrorists attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire has rocked Britain to the core. There is so much pain, anguish, confusion and anger. My heart aches for all those affected. I've cried so many tears. I've hugged my family and friends just that little bit tighter and I've tried very hard not to moan about trivial things in life.

Throughout all these tragic and heartbreaking events though one thing has stood out. Love. I have worked in London for 8 years now and I cannot remember a time when I felt so much love and a sense of community spirit as I have during these past few weeks. Love is very much in the air, from friends to families and from neighbours to strangers. It reaches out across all religions, cultures and beliefs. It makes me feel so proud to work there and now, on every day that I commute to work, I walk a little bit taller. I'm proud of London and proud to be a tiny part of it.

So wherever you are today, and however you are feeling, I hope you can feel love in the air. Because I'm sending love your way today.

Jane SG
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Molly Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 12:10am

That's a nice piece Jane, love back to you xx

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:40am

Thanks Molly. I hope you have a good day today xx

the room above the garage Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:13am

Hear, hear! Love ratg x.

LP Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:18am

Hey ratg, I missed your Desert Island Disks blog at the weekend. I haven't heard it for ages What time and station is it on again? Xx

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:40am

Thanks ratg xx

Orangeblossom Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:04am

It is on Radio 4 on Sundays @ 11am & again on Friday morning @ 9am.

LP Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 11:01pm

Thank you! Xx

the room above the garage Wed, Jun 21st 2017 @ 12:06am

Hi LP, the current ones should be here and older ones on a tab. I have them playing on my phone as I work :-)

LP Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:14am

Hi Jane,
Yes I'm a Londoner too and things are different here and across the nation this year. We don't know what news we will wake up to and wherever we are, when some are pained we feel it too.

Like you, I am also warmed by how people up and down the country have come together to extend love and support in the most difficult of situations. There have been acts of bravery, heroism, love and selfless practical help for those in need. A bit like during the war I imagine.

The parents and young teens in Manchester who were brave enough and loving enough to go back to the scene a week later to show the love, compassion and strength of their community was breathtaking, so far removed from the cowardly acts off the armed against the unarmed.

People of different faiths cultures and ages have come together to help where they can and my faith in human nature being primarily good has not only been maintained but exceeded.
The community spirit of love is here on Moodscope too. It's something that can't be taken away and in fact when tested. goes from strength to strength. My thoughts are with those in need and I'm so glad that love is in the air for them too Jane.
Thanks for a heartwarming blog. I'll remember to share warmth with fellow human beings today. Love and hugs to all. LPxx

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:42am

Thank you LP. You've described the warmth and love, in the face of adversity, beautifully. Xxx

The woman whose feet don't touch th Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 6:57am

Tears come to my eyes and touch my heart at everything that has happened in the last weeks. The raw emotions of ordinary people as their lives are ripped apart and changed forever. Then a tsunami of love hits them and envelopes- I pray for them and send love too. I watch the video clip of the man who helped his elderly neighbour as they reunite - and hope and warmth are on the streets of a city renowned for being insular and individuals isolated.

Thank you for writing this blog and echoing and rebounding the love.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 2:41pm

Thank you TWWFDTTG. I hope you are feeling the love today. Hope you have a good day xx

Hopeful One Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 7:26am

Hi Jane SG- Love is all there is-to love is one thing,to be loved is another but to love and be loved is everything.But when there is a mismatch ,as we have in the terrorist situation we face, then we have a problem.Out of interest I googled 'How often does the word 'love 'occur in the Quran'? The answer -45 times( it occurs 155 times in the Bible in comparison).Crucially in the Quran love for anyone, other than believers in Islam ,is not encouraged.That does not mean we stop loving but it is unlikely to be reciprocated.

But laughter is universal.

A kindergarten teacher was helping a little boy struggling to put on his boots. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn’t want to go on.
When she thought she had succeeded he said “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”
She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as they worked together to get the boots back on — this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.”
She bit her tongue rather than scream, “Why didn’t you say so earlier?”. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.
He then said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear them.”
She didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, “Now, where are your gloves?”
He said, “I stuffed them in the toes of my boots…”

Eva Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 7:44am

Hi HO, as far as I know (which is very little I'm not well educated here) the terrorist organisations are not following the true word of the Quaran, which I think is very respectful of life and love. I think that these suicide attacks were invented / introduced as attack techniques in the 80`s. The link with religion was/is a contrivance and manipulation to get a following... Contentious.

Tutti Frutti Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 8:29am

Well said Eva. Extremists can twist the message of any religion. As a Christian I certainly wouldn't recognise some of the things that have been done in the name of Christianity. We need to counter what is going on in our society with tolerance and love. And I hope everyone of any religion or none feels supported on moodscope. Love TF x

Leah Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 8:38am

HopefulOne, I would not trust something googled- who ran the site? The latest attack this time on Muslims was not done by someone with love. I think as Janes says all communities are showing love.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 5:01pm

Hi HO, some of the greatest love in my life comes from my Muslim friends. I'm very lucky that I have a wide and diverse range of friends who are all loving, amazing people. I hope you've had a good day today.

Anonymous Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:25pm

HO I don't understand what you are trying to say. Did you think how this would sound to Muslim Moodscope users? Because to me it sounds hostile to Muslims. Moodscope is for support, not attacking each other. Muslims are already suffering abuse and attacks, fuelled by comments like this. Please be considerate of others in your posts.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:57pm

Dear Anonymous, thank you. I agree that Moodscope is about support and understanding. I very much wanted everyone to feel supported by my blog. I feel that the way in which communities have pulled together and loved and supported each other (both in London and Manchester) these past few weeks can show the world what unity and love can achieve. X

Hopeful One Wed, Jun 21st 2017 @ 7:51am

Thank you for your comments.

Hopeful One Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 @ 7:12am

Hi Guys- The evidence speaks for itself.

Jul Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 8:53am

Hello Jane SG. It's interesting what you say about the different feeling in London since all the tragedies. It's heartwarming to hear this. I must go up to London as I would like to experience this palpable atmosphere of love. Thank you for this blog. Kindness, love, generosity of spirit seem to be coming to the fore in our nation right now following the atrocities. Let's hope it will continue into less traumatic times. We can make a conscious effort to do our bit to make sure this happens. Julxx

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 2:44pm

Thanks Jul. Do let me know if you go to London and what you experience when you do. I would be really interested to hear whether you can feel anything different here. It's really heart warming to witness the community spirit xx

Orangeblossom Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:02am

Thanks Jane SG. I needed this encouragement and appreciated it immensely.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 2:50pm

Thank you Orangeblosson, this is really nice to hear. Hope your day is going ok. Sending you a big hug xx

Leah Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:02am

Jane SG,
What a lovely blog. It is sad that it takes tragedy to bring out this feeling of connection and love. It is the same in Australia and probably all around the world. Thanks for reminding us.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 2:54pm

Thanks Leah. I like to think that there has been, and will be, greater connection worldwide. Maybe we don't hear enough of the good news stories, acts of kindness etc xxxx

Mary Cecilia AVFTFS Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:06am

Howdy Jane, sending love back. Thank you for your post. Maryxx

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 2:55pm

Howdy Mary Cecilia! Thank you! The love coming back is really brightening my day xx

The Gardener Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:13am

Jane SG - thank you - it is obvious from my posts that I am surrounded by love and friendship. But today I am also furious with events of the last 60 years, and the perpetual blinkered nature of our politicians, together with the UK housing market which is fuelled by greed. I have a visit to my house for sale at mid-day. The garden was a mess. I've just spent an hour in over 30 degrees, the stress and heat made me boil over. Mr G and I were married in 1954. We lived with my Dad, awful. There was nothing to rent which did not cost more than Mr G's wages. Council house waiting list was 10 years! (Chertsey area, result was one of the biggest concentration of caravan sites in the country). My parents split up in 1950, my mother going to share a house with a sister in Brixton. In the 1960's shortage of labour made for recruitment of Jamaicans (I think). The moved into Brixton, very cheap housing. My mother loathed all foreigners - but other people, probably tolerant, hated these newcomers. Why? The value of their property plummeted. In the 60's we (and most other farms) could only get Spanish and Sicilian labour - they colonised Woking - they were near starvation in Sicily and filled all their rooms with relatives seeking work. Same syndrome, down went house prices. Then we had Sikhs - they went to Southall. I don't think racism would ever have hit the current problems if UK housing policy was more people-orientated. The syndrome of Grenfell Tower residents watching rich people with alarm systems, swimming pools etc is the same as us in the 50's - sharing, living in caravans, and living next to immensely rich areas like Wentworth and St Georges Hill. Immigrants fleeing their own country are a different case, but still, they will put pressure on housing - and the started spark of hatred will blaze (metaphorically) in intolerable heat.

The Gardener Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:19am

End of lecture, move on to love. The bible 'love thy neighbour'. Best start. Some years ago we had three young girls staying, a grand-daughter and two godson's daughters. Saturday morning we went for buns and post-cards. It took us nearly an hour to get home - greetings, explanations of who the children were, compliments on their manners (preen, preen). I thought they would be furious when we got home, subjecting them to all that time with strangers. What did they say? 'You are so lucky knowing so many people - we only know two people in our street - and that's because we walk their dog'. They lived in Sydenham - so, love your neighbour, and hope it spreads, regardless of creed, colour or race. Sorry about all this - blame the temperature. And, a group hug in order. Does UK do 'neighbour day'? we do here in France. xx

The Gardener Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:24am

I am not ignoring fanaticism by the way - spend enough time in Muslem and Hindu countries to know that extremists are willing to sacrifice their own lives, and take others with them for their 'faith'.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 3:01pm

Thank you for your responses TG. It is very difficult not to feel anger and injustice at a lot of things and unfairness in life. So much of it. I do feel that better connection with each other can help though. I love the idea of 'Neighbours Day' I'm not aware of one here-anybody? X

Vickie Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 12:14pm

Hi Jane,
What a wonderful post. I live in a small town in Canada and our community suffered a tragedy when 3 police officers were executed by a lone gun man. Unheard of in our area. Then we were on lock down for 24 hours until the shooter was caught. The day after the lock down people from other towns and even provinces came to our Main street. People lit candles, sang and even strangers were hugging each other. It was the most beautiful outpouring of love I have ever experienced. I never heard an angry word about who did it or why. Just the deepest feeling of peace, love and unity.
Yes, I do feel the love and am sending it back out into the universe.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 3:05pm

Thanks so much for sharing this story Vickie. What a wonderful story about love and connection bringing people together, although in such tragic circumstances. I agree with Leah that it's a shame a tragedy has to happen first, but maybe we just don't hear enough of the good news and loving acts of kindness that take place on a daily basis. I'm glad you are feeling the love xxx

The Gardener Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 7:47pm

Dear Jane SG - I think I might seem a bit of a sourpuss with my economics lecture - with you all the way - but so SAD that it takes a tragedy to bring us together. Tomorrow night France is 'en fete' Country wide music festival. Yes, there will be a strong security presence - Paris attack and Nice horror will not go away. But, it will be hot - we'll be out in the streets - every sort of music, dancing, singing, pavement cafes. I had my 70th birthday in Paris - party to end all parties. At least a thousand events advertised - then impromptu gathering of student groups outside bars - huge famous pop groups in the main squares - Irish father singing to his daughter on a small harp - champagne at midnight on the wall by Notre Dame - kissed by all the young men who got the champagne cork among them - madrigals in Place Vendome - a Cuban group near our hotel - more kisses from young Spaniards on Pont Neuf who admire my jewellery. We'll be out there tomorrow - all ages - it's all free! Those who are baking in basement flats with bring out tables and chairs and eat on the pavement. I do not think there is any 'dare-devil' element in getting out tomorrow - life is good - people are lovely - even those who can't participate will hear the racket outside their doors, because it's too hot to remain inside. Just glanced at remarks from Vickie and Leah in answer to Jane SG - good news is not news.

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:59pm

Ah TG, how I long to be at the party...! Sounds wonderful xx

Dragonfly Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 9:36pm

Dear Jane SG a lovely blog. So many ordinary people, of late, have put themselves into harm's way to help and save others. Love is so much stronger than hate x

Jane SG Tue, Jun 20th 2017 @ 10:05pm

Yes Dragonfly, yes! I always feel that love wins out in the end. People have acted so bravely and selfishly. All these recent events have been devastating. My thoughts are with all those who have been directly affected. Xx

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