Times of uncertainty and change can bring out the worst in people. Why?, Well they have fixed ideas about how they see things and how they want things and they think they know best.
It is good to be confident in your opinions but just like in a lot of other situation it is also good to respect that others have their opinions too and allow them room for that.
Until we find out that there is a digital cloud system scoring our behaviour and choices the result of which will send us up to heaven or down to hell, though we may have great faith in our judgement, we will never truly know which choice/opinion/belief is actually right - if any. Somehow I don't think that's gonna happen .. but I could be wrong!
We live in a democracy and some people don't seem to know the meaning of that. Democracy means that the choice goes with the majority opinion and even if that is only greater by a fraction - that's democracy.
I personally believe that whatever happens, it has happened for a reason. Whether that is a political vote that goes the wrong way for me, or a potentially life changing vote that could make a big difference to how we live in Great Britain. Now that we have left the EU there will be a period of disruption and resettlement and things will settle into some sort of order.
In my humble and non judgemental opinion i think that there have been voices crying out to be heard for the last 20 years or so and maybe the vote reflects that - I could be wrong of course.
There are those in the EU who are being led at the moment by their emotional responses whereas if they have a bit of breathing space they will begin to look at the situation a little more logically and put their professional heads back on. (if they have any)
It's not just politically that this rationalisation is important.
I also believe that every time I break my ankle or get a virus or illness of some kind it is a time for me to reflect on the message I am getting. I believe it happens for a reason. You can either take the time to reflect and think about what the message is telling you or you can get grumpy - why is this happening to me kind of attitude.
People seem to only consider themselves when they are so adamant about their beliefs. Is it not time that we started to respect one another and allow people freedom to think their own way without being subject to denigration we get enough of that with some bickering politicians.
Lets learn to give each other respect even though we might think differently to them, let's not expect them to think like us and trust that we will do the best that we can for each other.
We have been running a business on Bolton Street now for many years and have come across all sorts of back stabbing and dirty dealings.
You may recall that we used to run Mind Body Spoirit fairs in the Drill Hall (Castle Armoury) for a few years. Now you would have thought, at least I thought, that everyone who took a stall would be considerate and fair and non judgemental, Although we met some lovely people and some who we still have contact with now, there were an awful lot who were hard-nosed business people with little regard for others. I was actually blamed at one point for someone being stuck in the snow in the street outside as they were queuing to unload. This attitude by the majority was a great shock to me at the time.
We have had several attempts to sabotage and disrupt our business by others in the area although we have made many friends.
Rachael from Gronn only wrote last week about waiting for an appointment in a salon and overhearing bitchy comments amongst the staff about her business.
We have had people from other centres and cafes coming into ours just to see what is going on and on the menu so that we find them copying dishes. What is wrong with letting us know that they are just popping in to have a nosy and would we mind if they took a menu. That's more respectful.
The worst is when people come in on the pretext of asking about a services then without a by your leave start mingling with the guests (without even buying a drink) promoting another event elsewhere. What's wrong with asking if they can let people know about the event? That's showing a little respect to us and our business.
Its all just so underhand and disrespectful. However, I am tolerant of their behaviour. I really don't care to sneak into other establishments and see how they are operating. I'm not saying I wouldn't pick up ideas whilst I am out and about, that is just unavoidable in an active and creative mind, but I wouldn't go out and deliberately make a point of it.
I believe in Karma and trust in serendipity so those who don't, carry on with your sneaky and disrespectful ways and hopefully you will come to understand eventually. - That is if I am right.