Today I heard about the UN report on Earth and again was devastated by our lack of empathy and shortsightedness.
Thanks for sharing this.
Time to start planning the party!
Life provides many opportunities for parties, right? Birthday parties when you’re little. Birthday parties for your kids – one of the most stressful aspects of parenting imaginable in my books. We won’t count all those teen parties that your parents weren’t supposed to know about. Then there are engagement parties, weddings, and baby showers, not to mention these days also gender-reveal parties. There are farewell parties, retirement parties, and special anniversary celebrations. Lots of occasions for celebrating life’s passages, surrounded by friends and family.
Not so long ago we planned (and gave) a big party to celebrate our 50th anniversary, bringing together family and friends from far and near over many, many, … many decades. At that gathering, which was wonderful, my husband pointed out to everyone how much better it was to bring together the people who made a difference in our lives while we were all alive…
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Generally I am quite optimistic but lately tending towards reality a little more.
It is a well known characterisation that optimists see a glass 50% full of liquid as ‘half full’, whereas pessimist see it as ‘half empty’. Does it matter which of these attitudes we take towards life and towards its mega problems such as climate change and Brexit?
The bulk of psychological evidence suggests that it does. Optimists tend to be more realistic and thus more effective at addressing the problems. Pessimists tend to expect the worst, not look at things too closely, and hide from difficulties – hence the self-fulfilling prophecy.
Life is all about change, so an optimistic outlook is the only one that enables us to face and deal with the realities of change.
Of course, there are limitations to being positive if it is not tempered with a grounding in reality. (The Brexit campaign comes to mind!) I’m arguing against myself, but maybe we should see optimism-pessimism…
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Bullying and intimidation dominate the British countryside, as landowners and shooters assert their power. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 1st May 2019 I’ve often thought, watching the felling … Source: Landlocked