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Thinking Aloud

Hi!

Thanks for joining me on this lovely Tuesday afternoon. The sprogs are happy playing their Minecraft game together and I thought I’d take this opportunity to have a chat with you.

I’m worried.

Maybe that’s a bit of an understatement.

I am scared shitless!

Image result for thoughtsYup! That sounds closer to the truth. You see, there have been events around the world that have been drawing us closer to our own Armageddon and we are dancing around like blind mice up the yellow brick road towards our own damnation. Don’t worry. This is not going to get religious, nor is it going to get solicitous in my attempt to convince you of your own beliefs. This is just me…thinking.

Remember years ago when the world gasped in horror at the atrocities of the world wars, focusing on the nightmares that captured the headlines but silently ignoring those who escaped punishment for their crimes? Let’s move forward, closer to the end of the twentieth century when more atrocities were committed in Africa and Russia. Tribes died, religions were massacred. Only a few faced the consequences of these actions, but most escaped.

Here we sit, at the beginning of the twenty-first century and, as humans, our gills are still exposed. We haven’t evolved yet. Vile, money-hungry monsters rule the world, voted in by us, the so-called sensible voters. Spurned by those who didn’t bother lifting their voices against or for opponents, we live with the consequences and the divides now building momentum. A sad opportunity for morals to silently slip through the cracks, falling into the abyss, idly waiting beyond our narrow focal point. When are we going to grow as people? Not grow in ideals and constipated beliefs in our inflated self-worth and what we should be described as or not associated to – I mean actually grow in wisdom?

I sit here watching an eighteen year old and nine year old playing amicably. I listen to their banter and their observations of each other’s work as they build towns, cities, surviving and creating on a simple game. Simple life lesson: respect those around you and their views. It doesn’t mean you’re free from the effects of these beliefs or the consequences of fighting them. But it’s your reaction that dictates the next five minutes. Blowing up someone else’s home with TNT brings angry repercussions. So does killing your neighbour’s dogs because they constantly bark (all on Minecraft) or building your house on top of theirs because you like the space. What will I do when it becomes my real home, my real dog and…oh wait. This is already happening to people around the world. I’m just one of many in a privileged position where I can turn it off and ignore it. Pretend it’s not happening – the same way my forefathers ignored the atrocities of times past.

Like others, I sit here telling myself that one day it will all come to pass but, for now, I will just keep quiet. Why add my voice to the screaming masses when those cries fall on deaf ears? Then the what ifs haunt me. What if I stood up and said it is wrong to block people from a country when they are being persecuted in their own? What if I helped at food banks instead of complaining that we don’t have enough for another take out this week? What if I support others when they lose their houses, their jobs, their families because of the government’s need to feed their excuse factory and blame the parties in power before them whilst patting themselves on the back for doing the same thing? What if?

As I said at the beginning of this post, this is me just thinking. Thinking about how long we have before we destroy ourselves with our greed, arrogance and intolerance for each other. Maybe we should all skin each other and realise that underneath, we have have the same structure, disease and delinquencies. Black, white, brown, green, yellow, purple, blue; who cares? Male, female, both, none; who gives a shit? We’re all going to die anyway at the hands of those we put in power. What if, instead of focusing our anger on each other, we focus it on those in charge and make them accountable for the hatred they are generating with their generals of doom? A lot of what ifs. I wonder, if you were sitting here with me, what would you think?

 

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Monday Coffee

Hi and welcome to Monday Coffee.  It’s a rather brisk night and my fingers are already losing feeling at the tips.  Warm welcoming light is emanating from the frosted glass door.  I never tire of hearing the bell tinkle as another person enters the coffee house, adding to the happy, bubbling chatter within.

 

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Today is a special day.  It is One People Day – a day for promoting positivity, uniqueness, love and friendship across the world. Lovely messages have been sent from Facebookers and bloggers sharing anecdotes, quotes and their own poems, songs, stories and messages of love. There’s a moment when we shy away from events like this, maybe calling them silly, unnecessary or useless.

Well, whilst we sip our tea, let’s sit and discuss it a little.

 How often do we read celebrity gossip, albeit inadvertently or on purpose? How much media focus is given to positive news about average people? Now I know it’s easy to succumb to the nectar drip-feed focussing on other people’s woes, but why do we have to accept this as the norm?

 

Wouldn’t it be nice just to be nice, maybe say something complimentary instead of tearing down individuals we have raised on stodgy pedestals? I’ll be careful not to fall off my own soap box and spill my tea!

Yesterday I wrote a piece about Facing Mortality.  Today as we slump in our comfy chairs and watch everyone sharing messages of positivity, we have options: either become a part of something wonderful that motivates inspirational stories rather than the rancid attempts to destroy each other with negative messages of hatred, ignore the annoying happy-go-lucky people force-feeding said proclamations of kindness, lovey dovey stuff and so on or, fight it and shave our heads in disdain whenever someone brings this subject up.  The choice is yours of course.  I’ll still be happy to share a cuppa with you, whatever you decide.

Apart from sharing a special day celebrating humanity with loving strangers over the internet and in person, I hope to push more editing time on my book this week.  I’m working on setting firmer deadlines for my books this year.  There is nothing like a deadline to make me work harder and faster (probably at the last minute)!  Procrastination is definitely my buddy.  What are your plans for this week?  Anything interesting popping up?

Before we head on home, shall we have a last dance and pay tribute to a weird but wonderful singer?  Let’s dance.

Blue Moon


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Friday

Hello Friday!  I welcome the day with open arms and an open heart, relishing the possibilities of the day.  Heat envelops my mind and soul as I count my blessings and think of those without a home, a family, loving friends to turn to in an hour of need.  I am very lucky.

When I was younger, I would spend my time in the garden plotting revenge against my brother for some infraction or other.  When the anger passed, a deep sense of peace resonated through me.  I would sit on my own for hours, basking in the sun, listening to the steady drone of the bumble bees, drunk on nectar.  The earth stood still and the smell of red soil under my fingernails, staining my skinny little legs and bare feet overpowered the heady scent of the rose bushes close to me.  I could feel a surge of energy run through me and sat there, mesmerised by the power of nature.  Of course there was no deep understanding at the time.  I was a child enjoying the peace and tranquility of the world around me, shutting out other emotions that had plagued me before and allowing my body to just relax and enjoy being still.

This whole thought process has been prompted by a post written by Be Like Water (Click on her name to read the article). I have discovered my alone time again after so many years.  It is as precious as finding diamonds in the back garden!  My alone time has varied from spending time at home with no music, television or other distraction disturbing me, so that my thoughts are the loudest things I hear.  This simple time helps me to discuss issues that may bother me during the week when I don’t have time to address them or have the children speaking at me at the same time so I cannot even think straight.  Sometimes I sit in the garden and quietly watch nature go about its business.  Unfortunately I don’t get the same buzz I felt when I was a child, but I think with practise I might reach a level of peace, which is better than nothing.  With a house full of pets and children, finding alone time in the holidays can be difficult.  That’s where the beauty of technology jumps in!  I plug my earphones in and blast music at a ridiculously dangerous level until I feel my energy levels boost again.

I am sharing this with you today because I know life is extremely busy for most of you and we seem to be juggling more balls than we have hands to catch them.  Life is running away from us.  If you have a chance, embrace today, Friday, and count your blessings.  There may be things you don’t see as blessings; more thorns in your side.  Count them anyway.  And when you’re done, know that I’m sending a smile your way and hoping you find a peaceful moment to enjoy being you!

Thanks for reading and have a great day. 😊

Monday Coffee

The air is vibrating with a thousand voices. The coffee house we share has been buzzing. One thought, one voice shouts above the rest and we all listen, enthralled by the message. It is not one of anger, nor of hate. It is a voice of hope – the hope that we can all make a difference in a world filled with voilence, abuse, hatred and a lack of compassion. Continue reading