So many days over the past few weeks the news has been very unpleasant.  Not least has been that terrible situation in Zimbabwe.  But today seems to be a hopeful day:-

  • The two leaders in Zimbabwe have agreed to talks and the possibility of power sharing.  They signed the documents yesterday and South Africa’s President was credited with bringing both sides together. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of that horrendous situation.
  • Today sees the arrest of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic
  • 3 retailers are about to reduce the price of petrol!  
  • A new drug for prostate cancer
Pretty good going……

Mandela is 90 today!

It is wonderful to be alive at the same time as this great man.  Previous generations had Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  I am still amazed at how well loved Mandela is, not because of him but because we so often choose beauty, power and money over substance.  

Mandela stood up for what he believed in : equality and social justice.  He suffered for his cause.  When punished with a prison sentence he tried his best to use that time to develop his physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.  When released by his captors, he chose forgiveness and reconciliation over persecution and retribution.   He is not a saint but he had vision and could see what would move humanity on; a long term view.  In his personal life he has had the painful public breakdown of his early marriage and the death of a child.  Still he continues, through his charitable work, to do all he can for the good of humankind.

How many of us are really prepared to work for equality and social justice, at home? abroad? worldwide?

How many of us will use a time of suffering to develop our character?

How many of us will forgive our oppressors when the tables turn and we have the power? Turning the other cheek rather than an eye for an eye.

Like many I struggle with these truths but feel it is worth aspiring to.   What do you think/feel about it?


So, it’s the day after the night before.  Last night it seemed like a good idea to start a blog today I am facing the reality of sharing my thoughts with strangers (unknown friends?).  You see I am still ambiguous about this.  I know I will be able to give and receive a lot out of this exchange but I do have privacy issues.  Not because there is anything special about me but because I tend to think intimate details should be shared in intimate settings.  Still, I am writing so I am willing to explore it.

I am enjoying the idea that short random thoughts without evidence or structure is publishable.  This may be old hat to many but, my other confession is that I don’t really read blogs.  I am tempted to start reading several to get a sense of what others write but I do like the idea of being original.  Of course, in reality, it’s probably been done before.  Whatever…..We can each put our individual twist on the contributions we have to make to our world.