Alan J Porter
"The hustle and bustle of every day life... "
March the 1st
Its hard not to mention the Coronavirus, why ? Because the media is more powerful than its ever been. Is that a good thing ? It can be when there is good news to be heard. With the Coronavirus everyone is hearing of where the next breakout is now known. I’m not suggesting it’s not serious, but it’s about how relative it his to another fact of where death occurs. In America it is estimated 36,000 people die annually from influenza. I heard an important question raised on a phone in radio programme asking.“ When we hear of the present count of those who have contacted Coronavirus, why don’t we hear the number who have been diagnosed and successfully been cleared of having the virus?“ I personally thought that a good question, which is not being addressed to erase the panic fears gripping so many. PANIC is contagious and it spreads like wild fire. We have seen the stock exchange crash in the last few days when speculators believe things are to get harder in making money. Then we have heard the saying,” We are like Lemmings,” who are a small rodent that have been known to follow one another and charge to their death off a cliff edge. I can only think we are wrong to follow everything we are told on the news. If anyone lived through the last three years in the U.K the news continually put fear into those who are weak hearted that our economy would go off a cliff edge. Everyone was hearing doom and gloom was around the corner. But that did not happen but the reverse occurred. With the Coronavirus the greater fear then is to accept everything what is being told, and that is very wrong. With governments it’s about leadership and staying with positive thoughts, but with every day life, this too is a must, as you must not succumb to just follow those who have fear. Earlier today my son sent me this link: https://youtu.be/hZ1OgQL9_Cw
It showed one of the first films shot in 1911 in New York. Technology and better pixels saw this old film come alive with detail and colour. My first instinct was to think, Wow, you are witnessing scenes showing a world which a hundred years later made me think life is like a stage set for all of us. We make our entrance and as this film showed the hustle and bustle of every day life. There the young of that day would see enormous changes through their lives. It has been said, we are on that stage set now, and LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL.Seeing the vibrance in that short film made me think of all those people have passed away carrying their own story, but I felt believing in reincarnation we will be back again as a soul and spirit in another time and place. I have to think the older you get, you do get a little wiser when you see faults in government, or with reoccurring events where we don’t learn from our mistakes. By just going back to my first story the Coronavirus, what if the people of Britain in 1939 knew the full facts on the news of how we were out numbered by an overwhelming superior German armed force. The then war cabinet of that day all wanted to surrender and get a deal from Hitler, except Winston Churchill. But he with the support of other members of Parliament and most importantly the majority of people in our country, stood firm and did not react to a panic feeling.
I’m trying to say life is for living, and always there are going to be times when it’s more than difficult when problems confront us. I think of the very young and what will be the events they will meet, but I feel more than confident, as I’ve mentioned before they are going to be equipped with the early wisdom and knowledge they are being shown and taught today. Great problems exist almost every hour, but the human spirit when given help, hope and encouragement with belief from good leadership, good parenting or good friends, we can always see a better future. If some people lose their holiday because of this virus, it’s not the end, but always a new beginning and a new chapter in life. This morning I saw the joy on the face of one my youngest granddaughters Effie, now seventeen months standing and walking from one side of the room to the other. Beautiful to see. Then I hear and see thousands of migrants from Turkey trying to cross the borders into Greece this very day, many being jailed. We see thousands with families of children standing in freezing weather, with no food and no help.
A list of great problems continue where there is an absence of good leadership presently around the world. I read today of the crisis engulfing Angela Merkel’s ruling party the CDU, who abruptly called a leadership election from the end of the year to April. I think of my prophecy in 2012, which stated then she would be in a crisis. But there is good news from my friend Elena who lives in Slovakia, where the young and old voted for the OLaNO party creating a seismic shift of public anger, which ousted the dominant Smer-SD party. After the murder of a young journalist and his fiancée in 2018, it became a lightning rod for public outrage at the high level of corruption in public life. Good news that shows ordinary people can turn the tide to having a better future.
To end on a optimistic note a few quotes... Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain... Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice... Good things to those who work for it ... Givers have to learn to set limits, because takers have no limits... Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try... Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons... If you don’t do wild things when you are young, you will have nothing to smile about when you are old... If you don’t believe in magic you will never find it... Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do... says Oprah Winfrey.