Hello, I’m back! I have taken a couple of weeks off from both writing and work and during this time I’ve been given some space to reflect on a few areas of my life, as well as what’s happening in the wider world.
It is amazing how quickly life moves on in just two weeks. The escalation of the tensions between the US and North Korea, a call for a snap general election here in the UK, France now have two totally different political parties fighting for votes in their general election and large numbers of foreign fighters and sympathisers are abandoning the Islamic State and trying to enter Turkey, just to name a few. Keeping up with these developments is a full-time job in its own right, that’s what journalists are paid to do, so trying to make any sense of it on a part-time basis is near-on impossible.
We are, however, compelled to try and understand these things, especially when at the end of a dedicated time-frame there is an important choice to make, such as our general election, but the volume of noise polluting and distorting the facts makes that job of understanding all the more complex.
I have therefore joined hundreds of other like-minded people in my slightly nonchalant acceptance of what’s happening and said “I will make up my own mind as and when I need to put my cross on the ballot paper arises. I won’t try to impress my opinions and viewpoints on anyone else, that is the job of a politician, one from which they earn a living. All I will say is that each and every one of us, who is eligible to vote, should go out there and do so. Only then will a fair representation of the general public’s will, become apparent. No matter what that will is, or has become”
Taking this to a deeper level by accepting my feelings as they unfold and not the cause of those feelings, I am able to use the phrase, ” I accept these things for what they are”. This allows me to create a space for those feelings to develop and show themselves for what they truly are. When I investigate these further I can stop reacting to the initial “fight, flight, freeze” instructions and start to uncover what’s really going on.
This practice has proven to be very helpful during my time alone with my two little ones too, during which there were far more smiles than tears. Now I would dare to say that this constitutes to an excellent way to spend your time off and a great way to recharge your batteries for the next 1/4.