Sunday, 10 April 2011

Long hot summer

Does anyone else have that feeling that it's going to be a long, hot, uncomfortable summer of freedom fighting and campaigning?

If so, how to pace oneself? How to focus on specific issues and let the rest go so I can stay attentive to my own household? I spend a lot of time online and need to pull away a bit.

Being in a free country with a 'vote them in, then vote them out again' arrangement means having a greater range of action without risking life and limb or the safety of family. Having that option also brings with it an obligation to consider using that freedom for others who can't at the moment.

Someone wrote how they feel that their action is so tiny, like one pebble when a wall is needed, yet as Bishop Tutu once said in Durham to the whole market place from the town balcony, 'Everything you do matters', not sure of the exact wording, but it's direct and encouraging!

I had a relative who was taken away in the middle of the night and held for a year or two back in WW2. She certainly enjoyed her life afterwards, water skiing and the South of France, but I'm not up to reading about her camp in Germany yet. Even reading the titles on the spines of the books in the Imperial War Museum bookshop made me wary of even touching them and I'm a lot older now than she was during her incarceration.

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