I had to share this video because I think it is really special! And it chimes with what I call my big bit/little bit theory. What I mean is that if you separate your rubbish for recycling then you’re doing a little bit to help make the world a better place and it’s easy to think that that little bit doesn’t matter but if everyone in the whole world does that one little bit then it becomes a great big bit.
I think we have to remember that it’s hard for one person to do a lot but collectively we can change the world. It’s the small acts of kindness, the little meaningful things we do that really can create change. The cynics we say that things are getting worse and there’s nothing we can do about it. But I think that as long as people do small things to make the world a better place not just for the environment for the people who live on this Earth then things will get better.
And when we help others and the planet, we are helping ourselves. By improving things around us we improve as people and that can only be a good thing. You don’t have to try to change the world on your own but collectively we can and do move mountains.
The lovely lady in this photo is my wonderful sister and the lovely gentleman sat next to her is her fiancee. They met when they were both at university in about 1983(ish) when he was studying law and she was studying history. There was an immediate attraction and they fell in love but for one reason or another it didn’t work out and after five years they had a big row and split up.
Now I thought ‘well that’s the end of that then’ and left it at that but my sister told me that about a couple of years ago she dreamt about her ex and so decided to make cautious contact with him. After a few e-mails and phone calls it became obvious that the attraction was still there.
Now he had been married and divorced and he has a lovely well mannered and extremely nice daughter but none of this was an impediment; so nearly thirty years after they first met they got engaged. I think this is so romantic and it proves that real love never goes away. Today is the lovely gentleman’s birthday, I won’t say his name because he’s a bit shy like that. But happy birthday, brother-in-law and welcome to the family!
My favourite place is Glastonbury! I just love it there! I want to go and live there some day. Its such a lovely place and I always feel so relaxed there. I love all the eccentric people wandering around in purple cloaks and green velvet hats (or whatever else they’re wearing)! It reminds me of Hogwarts!
I feel that Glastonbury is the place where it is easiest to be my authentic self, I don’t have to pretend there, I can just be. I see it as a spiritual centre and a seat of learning as well as being a warm, welcoming and healing place. And whenever I go there, it feels like a homecoming.
As ever, the world seems to be full of people who think they have a God given right to tell us what to do. We get told that we can’t get married if we’re gay or that we can’t have an abortion if we want one or that its a good idea to let a load of armed guards into schools (and what happens if one of the armed guards has a bad day and goes beserk?)
There are always people who think that they know better than you do. But don’t listen to them. Only you can live the life you want. If you’re gay and you want to get married, go ahead. You want an abortion; have one. You don’t have to listen to what I say but you do need to listen to your own heart. Live your own life by your own rules. As long as you’re happy and you’re not breaking the law or hurting anyone else; what difference does it make?
My sister is going into hospital for an operation on her hip on the 24th October 2012 and although I’m sure everything will be fine, you can’t help worrying. I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about my relationship with her and so this poem is for you, sister of mine!
Title – Sister
What strange things to share; blood, DNA and parents.
I have known you my whole life.
I cannot imagine what life would be like without you.
There have been times when you have seemed overbearing and bossy,
But other times when I know you are the best friend I’ll ever have.
Do you remember your first love? I do. My mother loves to watch sport on TV and when I was about fourteen I came into the room while she was watching some tennis and that’s when I saw him for the first time.
Oh Bjorn! It was just love and it does go a long way to explaining my life long fascination with tennis. Now of course I like and admire Nadal and Federer and Murray and so on but nobody will ever replace Bjorn in my affections. He was, is and always will be my favourite tennis player because he was my first love!