#354-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Reverse…

Belt Up, Betty! Reversed...

#325-“BELT UP, BETTY!” Through hoops…

Belt Up, Betty! Through Hoops...

Musings..

Why is it,,,that everyone wants to see you ‘before Christmas’?   We need to get together ‘before Christmas’ – this pressure that we need to see our nearest and dearest before the end of the year is so very silly really.    I mean, what difference does it make if we see friends and family on the 23rd December or the 23rd January – it’s still lovely to see them all year round isn’t it?     I’ve had three text messages over the course of the weekend asking just that – let’s get together ‘before Christmas’ – so the next two weeks are nuts for me and, maybe I’m being a bit of a bah humbug, but I’ve also put some people off until the new year – for something to look forward too.    I mean – at this rate, I’ve be a rolling out of bed Christmas Day due to all the excess food I’ve consumed!!!   But- for all my whinging, I do enjoy it – I just wish I had more hours in the day !!

The moral of this story – The festive season is a joyful affair and it’s about spending time with our nearest and dearest during this time of the year.   However, let’s make an effort all year around – how many of us have those conversations when we meet people we’ve not seen for a while who’s first line is ‘Wow.  I’ve not seen you since Christmas!’.   My new year resolution is to see people more often – to make an effort – not just once a year.   #JumpingThroughHoops, #RollingOutOBed, #ILoveItReally

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#315-“BELT UP, BETTY!” Where is the love…?

Belt Up, Betty! Where is the love?
“Whatever happened to the values of humanity, Whatever happened to the fairness and equality, Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity, Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity”  The Black Eyed Peas

Musings:

The last few days have been horrid – doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in you can not have failed to notice the hate and discontentment going on.    I don’t know where this all stems from – all this hate.  I suspect that social media has a lot to answer for – we’re all easily enraged by something we’ve read or seen – we’re all reactive (I’m as guilty as the next person!).  But where does it lead us ?  What does it achieve?

It’s not only in the US, on the other side on the pond, us Brits recently went through the same thing when we had to vote in or out of the European Union (aka Brexit).  It felt so different to voting for government or a member of parliament in every way possible.   Brexit was different, everyone felt differently.   Conversations in the workplace turned nasty, conversations around the dinner table got out of control and even families felt the pressure.    My father always told me – “Never discuss politics or religion, Rachel  as everyone has a right to an opinion and whilst healthy debate is of course encouraged, you need to respect the other persons view”.   So during this difficult time in GB, when asked which way I voted or my thoughts I just gave the same generic answer “It’s not something I want to discuss, it’s personal”.   To this day, I don’t know which way my family voted, my close friends, my work colleagues because, basically, it’s none of my business.    However, when the subject has come up in conversation, I’ve been respectful and listened to their views because, at the end of the day, they have a right to their opinion.   I choose not to share mine in such circumstances – my choice.

I guess the moral of this story is the word ‘Respect’ – we need to do more of it, we need to embrace it, we need to acknowledge it and we need to accept that we’re all different.  Turning against each other isn’t the answer- we all need each other and it’s about moving forward.  Hard as it is, those are the next steps.  #whereisthelove

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#286-“BELT UP, BETTY!”: Stepping Out…

Belt Up, Betty! Stepping Out...

“Steppin’ out with my baby, Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right, Ask me when will the day be ,The big day may be tonight” Irving Berlin