“IN our ‘Thought for the Day’ for Senior students and staff on Monday, I was slightly embarrassed to admit to having watched some of the latest series of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”.

“I blamed it on having teenage children. One marked feature of this series was the positive atmosphere amongst the group of celebrities. It was uplifting to see how they all supported one another; there was none of the usual tension these programmes often thrive upon.

“One of the last to be evicted was Shane Ritchie, an English comedian and actor, best known for playing Alfie on EastEnders. In his interview afterwards, he was asked how he managed to be so positive each morning, even as he was waking up. His response was “misery breeds misery and so I try to do the opposite”. He tried each day to bring some humour and a sense of fun.

“Our challenge is to do likewise. A letter last week from the Cathedral quoted Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (5 v 11) and the words seem particularly apt for us at the moment – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”.

“King’s Ely is at its very best when we build each other up, when we encourage one another and when we maintain a positive outlook.

“All the very best for the week ahead.”

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