Fight for it

I was reading tonight that approximately 2000 people are to march through Colchester on Saturday protesting against cuts to the NHS ending their march outside Firstsite. My immediate reaction was – do I expect a queue of 2000 people afterwards waiting for me to make them a Flat White? My second reaction was that it’s good that people are passionate about a subject to take to the streets. My third reaction was that we are so blessed to live in a democracy where people can take to the streets without fear to demonstrate.

It lead me to think ‘ what am I passionate about?’ – ‘what will I fight for?’, sorry I mean ‘what will I REALLY FIGHT for?’

I think change in society or in our personal lives involves a measure of fighting. We don’t know how long the fight lasts – we can all think of situations where we feel like we’ve been fighting for years. Maybe some things require a small fight, but world changers are fighters. We may not agree with those that protest or canvas for your vote this coming Election, but at least they have the passion to try and make ‘their’ difference. Can we fight for injustice in the world? How bothered am I that whilst walking through Colchester at 5pm the other night, I was asked by four different people for money by people struggling on the streets. Maybe our fight is for other people in life?

So whatever your passion or dream, fight for it – take courage and fight and don’t give up. If you want to change something in life, fight for it, if you want something to change in the society – fight for it and go down as a world changer. Lets not live in the age of ‘giving up’, or mediocrity or with the people that ‘couldn’t be bothered’. Lets not just say we’re passionate about something, let our lives be a demonstration of that passion.

I’d rather be known as someone that fought for things all my life, even if I bought about little change, rather than someone that saw the need and fought for nothing.

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Reality ‘shows’

I always feel a bit mixed when watching Britains Got Talent. Firstly, I don’t like particularly admitting to watch reality TV shows! – I must add, I don’t religiously watch any, I watch BGT if I’m free, which I’d love to say is hardly ever, but probably not true!

When I do watch it though, I have a mini battle on the inside of myself which occurred again tonight. When the ‘act’ is amazing and the crowd roar, the judges stand to their feet – the ‘act’ is often blown away, tears fill their eyes, they say ‘I can’t believe it’ – they are taken to the ‘best moment of their lives’. What is this feeling though? Isn’t it the roar of acceptance to someone who feels rejection? Isn’t it the feeling of appreciation to someone who feels generally unappreciated? But isn’t this all just fleeting for them? I just sometimes feel that you can see (some) insecure, rejected people take to the stage and feel bowled over. Life is greater than some stage though, its no performance and it should be fairly meaningless or at the very least ‘fleeting’ as to whether four people enjoyed what you did or didn’t bring to the show.

Acceptance, appreciation and security are major struggles in todays society in both men and women and we can help people around us fight any struggles with them. Sticking plasters don’t help, but instead an adjustment in hearts that we are accepted. It does not mean that we’re a finished article, it does not mean we’ve ‘arrived’, it does not mean its ‘as good as its going to get’ – it does mean we’re enroute and a work in progress. I don’t know about you, but there are people in life that don’t like me, they don’t accept me, I’m sure you have people in life against you – but their opinions do not shape me and they do not decide whether I count myself as accepted.

I think talent can win shows, but character makes greater wins in life.

Press your buzzer if you like, but I’ve chosen character.

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Conquering your mountain

I haven’t blogged for over a week, life has been busy, but I’m back tonight.

You know I’ve written about mountains and valleys a lot lately, I guess we all know circumstances in life that count as such things but also I’ve had the great excitement of experiencing them in the literal also lately.

Here some pointers from conquering mountains that I’ve noted down and had the privilege of sharing with at church today.

  1. Every mountain has a valley – its geologically impossibly for mountains to be without valleys. If you experience highs, you’ll experience lows. If you’re in a hard low place, there must be a mountain top to go with it.
  2. Plan your route – you can take the direct steep route or the long winding route, as long as you make it, it doesn’t matter all that much.
  3. Made it, unlikely! – I’ve never scaled a mountain and seen the peak from the start, often you think you can see the peak, but its infact hidden behind another. You might not of made it, when you think you have. Even though you cannot see it, it doesn’t mean its not there!
  4. Caution, tripping hazards – you can find obstacles when scaling mountains which want you to trip and stumble! Watch out – don’t let anything knock you off course.
  5. Look how far you’ve come – turn around and check out your progress, you can’t seriously be considering giving up now, just look how far you’ve come in life.
  6. The grass is in the valley – there’s so much life in the valley, so much growth in the valley. There’s actually more of these things in the valley than on the mountain top. All the work happens in the valleys.
  7. Be an imitator – people are scaling there own mountains, once you’ve scaled yours, model something to others and give them an encouraging word on there journey.
  8. Praise shifts perspectives – It’s easy to feel troubled in the valley and on top of the world on the mountain, actually try realising that with the right mindset the valley can be a good place too.

Now conquer your mountain!

Mind the fence

I was walking to work today, which isn’t a very long walk – though I do enjoy my morning mooch and evening one for that matter. I was having a think and then touched on the subject at lunchtime with a friend

We all have circumstances in life right, but lets not be arrogant enough to say that only a certain set of circumstances apply to us (in the general), they don’t.

Often, I like to send texts to people to encourage them, because I know what it’s like to receive an encouraging text. That feeling I get when reading it, I want to share that feeling. I encouraged someone last night face-to-face, I was that persons best mate for the next half hour, they were bouncing around – but it was nice for me too, not only to watch that, but also receive some reciprocated appreciation.

So maybe once you’ve read this – do this (and I will too). Think of any struggles in life you have or have had. Now think of people you know that have had the same or similar struggle – can you effect it?

If you know what solitude feels like – bring someone some company.

If someone is ‘missing’ – you make an ‘appearance’

If someone is hungry – give them some food, or even better eat with them too

If someone is being attacked – be their defender.

If someone has nothing – provide what you can

If someone lacks hope – create an opportunity

If someone is sad – cry with them for a while then bring them laughter

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me’  – can you imagine if everyone did this tomorrow, how things would be?

Fences in life are helpful things, very helpful things in fact. According to Wikipedia – ‘a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors’ Note, they weren’t designed for sitting on whilst people deal with their ‘stuff’. So how about we get off any fences, jump down and tonight instead of watch people with their ‘stuff’ – do something practical so they can leave their ‘stuff’ behind. Now, if you know me, I am many things (good and bad), but I am terrible at fence sitting, oh and I actually hate the word ‘stuff’.

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