The Promise of Tomorrow



“Suicide is painless”

That’s what the song says.  I don’t know for sure, because its not something I’ve tried.

What I DO know is that its painful being left behind when a friend does it. That hurts.

I didn’t know Dave Pegg, but I knew of him. This film doesn’t so much mourn his loss as celebrate his life and legacy.

Mental health matters. It’s good to talk about it.

Alison Osius wrote eloquently here in ‘Suicide in Our Sights’ about the need to speak, to ask, to offer help and guidance. It’s something we can all do, talk. Just talk. And we should.

It’s a short, thought-provoking piece, but the most moving part of it is this:



A sandwich. Only a sandwich. But for this one person, briefly, it had held the promise of tomorrow.

Author — John Macpherson

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 30 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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