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Anyone for a New Year’s Resolution?

31 Dec

How times have changed! When I was young, New Year’s resolutions were an important event, thought about with real earnest, and made with all good intentions!

Nowadays, people I know seem to pay scant attention to this once-vaulted aspect of New Year! Is everyone self-satisfied, or conversely, do they think it’s an exercise in futility?

This year, I’ve decided to break new ground by making a resolution that isn’t steeped in deprivation. No. This time, I’ve decided to take quite a different tack.

My resolution? To enjoy life more! To relish all the good things: inspiring music, literature, art and the like, as well as those soul-fulfilling happiness like sunshine, fresh air, natural beauty, and great company.

Out with the old ideas of giving up something, or stressing out by trying to break an ingrained habit! I’ll leave that for someone else, that is, if anyone still tries the traditional route.

Happy New Year!

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Back to the Piano!

29 Oct

This afternoon, I treated myself to some music. Not just by switching on the radio, c.d. player or whatever. No: I decided to make my own. I played the piano.

Rusty, yes, but still it sparked the idea. I could still do it, despite scant attention of late to such things. Somehow, it brought me back to another time, another era: my pre school  life.

From early childhood, I remember my mother playing. Her repertoire was dominated by a handful of tunes: ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’, ‘Repaz Band’, and ‘Norwegian Cradle Song’. Hands up who’s heard of these! But, in my youth, they were as familiar to me as the top of the pops.

So, is it surprising that, as a youngster, I wanted to give music a go? After all, it was in the genes.

And today I demonstrated that, just like riding a bicycle, you never forget.

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What is a Friend?

21 Sep

Some of us tend to bundle everyone we know together under the category of ‘friends.’   Clearly, social media sites are encouraging this practice. However, it may be that true ‘friends’ are in scarce supply.  Conversely, it may also be that people to whom we pay scant attention,  qualify as ‘friends’ of a high order.

It’s said that a friend in need is a friend indeed: and, if so, doesn’t this give us a clue to what friendship is all about?  Sure, it’s easy to be a friend when everything’s fine and dandy.  But, when trouble comes along, friendship may seem more costly: and only your genuine friends may be happy to be in your company.

On the other hand, it sometimes happens that adversity gives folk the chance to help out the person in difficulty.  This can, at times, enable us to realise we have more friends that we guessed, especially if the help comes from a totally unexpected source.

Don’t we all need friends, to survive and thrive in this difficult yet beautiful world?

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