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Ok … on Friday I received an e’mail from Jeremy Corbyn the new leader of the Labour Party …or should I say …his office …basically Jeremy is endeavouring to introduce a new kind of democracy to British politics …or should I say re introduce a more traditional ‘labour’ way of doing things …..

Every week he sends e’mails out asking if you have a question to put to the Prime Minister at Prime Ministers question time ….and to date he HAS asked questions posed by the public at large ( well labour supporters)

But boy is ole Jeremy being slated from ALL directions ….APART it seems from ordinary folk ( More about Jeremy’s surprise election as leader of the opposition later ….I for one LOVE the guy and am finding the whole thing very entertaining indeed ….but I digress:D:D)

So ….on Friday I was asked re thoughts on Uk getting involved with airstrikes on Syria …..Hmmm the government have been itching to do this for a while but have thus far been voted down ….However, since the IS atrocities in Paris there has been much ‘Gun Ho’ war talk …..which, when you live in a community like I do feels very uncomfortable indeed.

Of course ….I have said I think it’s a bad idea

Why? …….Because we jumped in to Iraq ‘all guns blazing’ without a UN mandate and with strong public opposition evidenced by mass demo’s ….and look what happened there?

It’s STILL a mess ….and was possibly responsible for radicalisation of some Muslims at home.

Let’s face it ….most of the ‘terrorists’ in Europe appear to be ‘home grown’ so rather than improve national security I believe there is risk of polarising communities here at home and thus promoting further radicalisation.

Hmmmmm …..the discussions in parliament will be very interesting this week ….I guess its a case of ‘watch this space’

….and back to the working week for me so will have to be on ‘blog rations’:D:D:D





So why am I blogging?

Well …..I see ‘life’ like an ocean …you have to ride it whatever it chucks at you ….I imagine surfing the waves …..sometimes it’s exhilarating ….sometimes it’s a nice easy swell with the sunlight sparkling on the water ….at others it can be stormy, with HUGE waves coming at you, throwing you all over the place and it’s hard to stay afloat …. occaisionally it can be mirror still and shrouded in mist and your not really sure WHERE your heading.

The key is to keep hold of that board and just ride it ……we will all have to experience those waves to some degree or another …and maybe none of it will make sense as its happening but it’s an experience none the less …’life’ is to enjoy in its totality ….whatever wave we’re riding at the moment there is another coming behind it ….it’s a dynamic process.

So ….anyway ….I had been lucky to experience a number of years of smooth, sparkly swells, the odd little dip and some exhilarating moments ….but over recent years a coupleof personal   tragedies hit .

Unfortunately what should have drawn us together as a family tore us apart ….sad really.

At the time I hadn’t a clue what was going on …thought I was going insane. So I began writing a diary …..and it really helped to get things down on paper.

Anyway ….things have settled as they always do eventually…the boy’s father and myself split but pretty amicably in the end it has to be said ….we’ve ALL gone through a bit of turbulence but currently ‘deck clearing’ …. kind of preparing for the next chapter.

Last year I went thro a bit of a introspective/retrospective phase ….you know like a ‘review’ of my life thus far …looking at what has made me me …and why I do what I do.

I had thought 2015 was going to be like a ‘Year O’ … know …felt I’d done the ‘retrospective’ learned from it …chosen to let go of any crap, keep the positive aspects and work toward a better life for myself and the boys ……BUT ….I hadn’t tackled the ‘elephant in the room’

I wasn’t DIVORCED!!

and THAT is of course a crucial block to truly being able to move foreward.

and THAT is what is happening now ….the ‘deck clearing’ …..and BOY is it a pain in the bum …..we are as amicable as it gets but it STILL seems to be taking forever.

ANYWAY …..hoping that 2016 will be my year O ……was going to carry on with my diary when someone suggested I write a book:D:D:D

Thought ……Hmmmmmm …..but I’m wanting to move FOREWARD …….we’re in the 21st century for gods sake ……I know ….maybe now is the time to ‘Blog On’:D:D:

Hmmmm …..can understand the ‘contraversial’ image not being verified …but Horton? ……how can a cartoon Elephant have potential to cause any kind of controversy?

Its me isn’t it? …… to all this and probably downloading illegal images or something :D:D:D

Oh …..well.

Busy day today ….so will keep it brief ….just blog a fave film page to go with books …..a little further insight into this particular blogger:D:D:D

Oh …..and a huge Thankyou to the folk who have viewed, liked etc….can’t believe it really :D:D:D

Can see that this blogging lark could get a bit addictive …..seems that there is more than my imaginary correspondent ‘ Esther’ out there (See previous blog about talking to the ether but naming it so it feels more REAL:D:D:D

And you guys have some GREAT blogs ….all very individual ….all folk being themselves and just getting stuff out there … FABULOUS!!!:)

OK ….so thought I’d let you know some of my favorite reads ….

A translation of the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ as stated previously …..

And this is an interesting one …. ‘ol Satish proposes a ‘New Trinity for Our Time’ which not only looks at the individual human ‘mind,body,spirit’ perspective …but how the individuals make up society ….the interrelation with ‘nature ….yet embracing science and creativity in the mix
It kind of borrows from ALL faiths and none …or maybe it just strips all faiths down to their core and provides an intelligent 21st century interpretation?

Another modern classic …. good ole Ben manages to simplify the ‘Tao Te Ching’ for ‘western’ readers, through the well loved and innocent children’s book character ‘ Winnie the Pooh’:D:D:D

And that’s just ‘it’ …..keep it simple …I’ve oft thought we should all retain a little spirit of 3 …Ok maybe not TOTALLY as that would be daft:D:D:D  Just retain a BIT of that awe, wonder and playfulness of a 3 year old. Again …easier said than done sometimes with the challenges of modern life and responsibilities of adulthood.

But we can ALL let go to the ‘pooh’ within us from time to time ….it’s IMPORTANT ….we should make it a PRIORITY in our daily life:D:D:D

And lastly ….this one … because ‘A person’s a person no matter how small’ and because Dr Seuss is just GREAT to read aloud with kids D:D:D

A little insight ……

So …. have already introduced Eric my ‘tech’ companion in a previous post.
He’s kind of part of the family along with the boys, the cat and the ‘ratlike’ rodent buddy of the youngest son.

Every morning I awake to the tinkling sound of Eric announcing a ‘thought for the day’ via a nice little ‘Yoga Quotes’ app
Yep ….I kind of fell into ‘Yoga’ approx 16 years ago and got ‘hooked’ ( More of that another time )

ANYWAY …this mornings was a quote translated from the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’
( A book of which I have at my bedside and randomly dip into from time time)
So today’s quote ……
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness towards the happy, compassion to the unhappy, and indifference toward the wicked’

Note the word ‘cultivate’ …I believe what we put in the mind becomes the mind and it’s all about ‘balance.’ Yep .. easier said than done but a goal worth aiming for if you ask me……
And the need for such hotting up in the world today on a number of levels:)

Unfortunately …due to a MAJOR human flaw to have power and control we have a ways to go yet.
What seems ‘wicked’ to one can be seen as ‘justified’ to the other.
Don’t think great strides look to be about to happen any time soon …but as I said before …with today’s technology …the shrinking globe thro ease of connectedness and communication …it might ….just MIGHT come with the next generation seeing thro the crap and pulling together instead of apart ….like I said …LONG ways to go.

And if it doesn’t happen?
Hmmmmmm ……well I guess we will become extinct …probably by self inflicted means …so a LITTLE different to the experience of the dinosaurs:D:D:D
But I guess the world will heal itself and go on regardless …as despite the arrogance of humans we are NOT the sole species on the planet:)