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Redemption. Wednesday August 19, 2015

Last night my son behaved really badly. At seven he was overtired and didn't know how to relax. Needless to say, bedtime was a protracted affair with neither he nor I coming out of it very well.

He crept in to see me this morning, gave me a hug and said, "Blank page, Mum?" "Blank page," I agreed.

Redemption is a very religious term although the Redemption Song by Bob Marley is a good tune to listen to. The beauty of the concept is that, however we have behaved previously, regardless of what we did or didn't do, today is a fresh start.

For me, as probably many others, mornings can bring dark thoughts. I have learnt to take delight in the small things, whether the hug in the morning, the blackbird singing or even hearing the neighbour's child playing up... a good reminder that it's not just me that has to face the world. We all do.

What will you do with your blank page today?

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds....

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs..."

Bob Marley

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

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Di Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 4:18am

Dearest Brum Mum ~
I adore the tradition and modeling of a "blank page" ~ Your son's morning cuddle and question are endearing. You are a very good mother and I commend you for teaching him and us about redemption.

Debs Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 6:22am

Ahhh - that song reminds me of the best time of my life when I was travelling the world free as a bird! Thank you for planting it in my head and replacing the rubbish bin of thoughts that was up there this morning. I love love love the idea of teaching my son about the blank page, fabulous idea. What a world it would be if everyone parented like you - we could change the world. Thank you for your inspiring words xx

Sarah Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 7:10am

Hey Brum Mum - that's great x a very lucky boy to have such a open and tuned in Mum x hope you are both listening to Bob :) bob has been inspirational for my youngest - as a keen footy player- bobs story is a beautiful one to learn about love and hope. Aw - hope ur page is filled with lots of entertaining things today. S

Natalie Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 7:52am

Hi of the things I really struggle with is forgiving my partner when we have words. My mind will.spiral out of control and the negative thoughts will escalate :0( I am going to practice my blank page and remember this with my little one when he is older too.thanks brum mum :0) xx

Julia Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 5:57pm

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.... Brilliant words.
I loved your blog Brum Mum. There was so much in it for me. Apart from the Bob Marley, I loved the bit about Blackbirds singing and cries from a child next door that reminds us that everyone has to face the mornings. It's not just me! I really admire your child remembering the night before. Most children wake up completely oblivious to what happened yesterday. This brings to mind a note a brother wrote to himself on a piece of paper before he went to sleep. He wrote. "Don't forget! Do not talk to my sister"

Lex Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 6:16pm

Resonates with me too... cool words to be chillin' to

Brum Mum Wed, Aug 19th 2015 @ 8:44pm

Thank you for all the lovely responses. It gave me a real boost. I'm just an ordinary Mum, juggling work, bringing my kids up with my ex and chronic mental illness but sometimes you have to change your specs to consider the world in a different way.

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