Thoughts From My Book Of Life
By Sidney Pickersgill
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As the title suggests the book is part autobiographical. Many of the forty-eight sections have been inspired by his family experiences and speak volumes for the happy childhood that he enjoyed. His father was a miner and money was short but the family enjoyed a rich spiritual life within their emotionally stable family life. Nature, the senses and the intuitive appreciation of the greater world that surrounded and informed them was the source of their inspiration.
Raised in a small mining village in West Yorkshire Sid still enjoys life in that area. Now retired from a varied material working life his spiritual working life still continues, with healing, addressing Spiritualist services and visits as a Prison chaplain. He has been a member of the Wakefield Spiritualist Church for over fifty years and was President for seventeen years. His first love has always been healing, and he and his wife both hold the Healing diploma of the SNU, working in church and also attending hospitals.
Over twenty years ago a man attending one of Sid's services told him that it was a waste of spirit's time if what had been said was not written down and retained for the future. Each piece is advisory on how to live our life. How best to relate to others, how to enjoy life and how to become closer to God. They are a practical guide to living. The writings teach what is truly of value in this world and how to prepare for the next life that awaits us all. He has also included some of the poems and hymns he likes to use.
Sid's writings gently inspire us to live and learn to the full and to be an inspiration to others. They are also, an invaluable resource for those looking for inspiration themselves for church services.
- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Saturday Night Press Publications (Feb 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1908421029
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1 cm
“You are the light of the World. A city that is set upon a hill cannot be hid.” This puzzling beatitude from ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ quoted in Matthew V recently became clearer to me when considering the work of Minister Sidney Pickersgill.
If we regard the mind of Man to be a potential ‘light’ to others as an example, then the work done by Sid in these pages is as a light to others, in so far as the message of his writings and thoughts bring others to think spiritually, creatively and materially then indeed, Sid is as a light to the World.
Sid may also be regarded as a ‘city on a hill’. We develop an instinct to know that those who are sincere will be known by who they are, how they conduct themselves and by the inspiration of their example. Such a person is Minister Sidney Pickersgill. His spiritual nature cannot be hid because it shines through and is apparent – “By their work you will know them.”
The various pieces that follow cover a wide field of human experience. Each was inspired from life and was delivered as a philosophical talk in a Spiritualist church. Only later, at the suggestion of someone who had listened to him, and with the encouragement of his wife Joyce, did Sid consider them worthy of being written up for the benefit of others.
Each piece is advisory on how to live our life. How best to relate to others, how to enjoy life and how to become closer to God. They are in that sense a practical guide to living. The writings teach what is truly of value in this world and how to prepare for the next life that awaits us all. They are also, an invaluable resource for those looking for inspiration themselves in giving church services.
As the title suggests the book is in part autobiographical. Many of the sections have been inspired by his family experiences and speak volumes for the happy childhood that he enjoyed. His father was a miner and money was short but the family enjoyed a rich spiritual life because they created such from their emotionally stable family life. Nature, the senses and the intuitive appreciation of a greater world that surrounded and informed them was the source of their inspiration.
Memento Mori, the old Latin phrase, saying ‘Remember that you must die’ we find is not, in these pages, something to be dreaded. On the contrary in learning to love life, Sid’s writings gently inspire us to live and learn to the full and to be an inspiration to others.
I feel honoured to be able to contribute to the publication of these ‘down to earth’ teachings.
Gerald O’Hara B.Sc.
When I wrote this I felt very privileged that God had given me another chance. I was lying in a hospital bed, wondering what the future would be. I looked around and could see there were others worse than me. There were six beds and no one was in a talkative mood, each allowing thoughts to dwell on self.
One day after a short sleep, I woke to find a patient sitting at my bedside and he asked how I was. He told me that he had had a stroke which had left him without the use of his right hand. “Can you fasten my buttons for me?” he asked. I did and from then on we were mates.
He helped me to forget myself. He had a saying for when things went wrong – “Don’t fret about it.” This made me think of the many things that we do fret about. We often worry about things that have not turned out as we had wished and if we allow fretting to become a habit we waste time and energy on things we can do nothing about.
Never fret about the weather – we cannot alter it; never fret about people – you cannot change them. Try not to fret about the little things that crop up in your daily life. When you joined a queue and it seems to take the longest time to move; when you are about to cross the road and there are no gaps in the traffic fretting is futile, wasteful, and destructive. It will wear you out.
When you find yourself worrying about the future just stop and let your thoughts stand still in this precious moment here with you now.
The past has gone and is a memory and the future is yet to be. So thank God for today and do not worry about tomorrow. Live life to the full; seize and use every opportunity large or small; rise to every challenge and make the utmost of what it offers; make a clean sweep of all your worries. Then fill the empty spaces with positive belief in God’s ability to handle your affairs.
Your prayers each morning should be: “Please God, do not let anything happen to me today that you and I cannot handle together.”
What can God do?
Hold a rose in your hand and look at what God created. Climb a hill and let your eyes rest on the view; take a walk in the park or garden or beside a singing stream; take a moment to be quiet, to think, to pray, to dream.
If your thoughts are centred on earthly things you will forget that life is bigger than what materialistic living brings. Do not lose sight of what is real.
The good and lovely things, the caring and sharing, the doing of things that help and heal a hurt or ease a load. Kind thoughts bring harmony and we are comforted in the knowledge that there is never an end to life in God and yet we cannot expect that things will always remain the same. But in the changing conditions and circumstances in the world, or in our individual lives, we can be sure of eternal verities. Amid the changing opinions and attitudes the unchanging wisdom of God is always with us to reveal the right way and his love is the key that will open all doors.
We must remember that every day is part of our journey in life. Each day we have a choice of the way we take; each day through prayer we can find the guidance and direction we need.
There are many travellers on the highway of life, who stay in the fast lane and leave others behind, without any consideration.
What we must realise is that we cannot continue to travel this way; we must slow down and remember others who might need help, although it may upset and delay our own plans.
Each day we can carry with us thoughts and attitudes that are positive. Whatever is before us, let us prepare the way.
This poem – author unknown was taken from a book titled Awake My Heart
“A commonplace life,” we say, and we sigh;
Yet why should we sigh as we say?
The commonplace sun in the commonplace sky
Makes lovely the commonplace day.
The moon and the stars, are commonplace things,
The flowers that bloom and the robin that sings;
Yet sad were the world and unhappy our lot,
If flowers all failed and the sunshine came not!
And God, who considers each separate soul,
From commonplace lives, makes a beautiful whole.