London Revisited: Omens


Dear friends,
Here I am with my first post of several about my trip to London. I studied there and graduated some 25 years ago and as one dear friend quipped, “Why, that’s longer than the sentence that most people get sentenced for man-slaughter.” Great. Such a sweet comparison.

As I mentioned in my last post, this trip was my first real opportunity to visit London and to meet some friends since then. Many of you would have perceived that I had mixed feelings about this trip; a mixture of excitement and apprehension about what changes I would find.

Interestingly, if you believe in omens, there were two signs that did in fact represent my experience and reinforced my mixed feelings. For the first part of my trip, I stayed at a hotel and then in the second part of the trip, in a self-service apartment.

The first omen, was this sign that greeted me as I stepped out of the lift before reaching my hotel room. It had a very foreboding message and reminded me of that famous phrase, “abandon all hope, all ye who enter here”.
NO ESCAPE

Indeed I had a few bad experiences and disappointments in the first part of my trip but things did improve and I began to really enjoy myself in the second part. I was not surprised because I was uplifted by what I saw when I entered the lift at my self service apartment. The second omen was one of hope.

SCHINDLER’S LIFT

Lift – List. Get it? Schindler’s Lift? Get it?

Now I don’t believe in omens but I do believe in a God with a sense of humour leaving little messages for me. 🙂

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