standing tall and having fun


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This time last week I was in Hyde Park, London, with several thousand other people, sending a message to world leaders who would be meeting at the G8 summit, that world hunger CAN be addressed IF taxes are paid where they are due, IF we use land for food, not fuel, IF we stop poor farmers losing their land and give them the power to feed themselves and IF there is transparency in global dealings.  Thousands processed to Hyde Park from services at Westminster Central Hall and an overflow church, all joined in a determination to say ‘enough is enough’ and we can and must do something for our fellow, poor and powerless, human beings. In the park we met thousands more demonstators, there was lots to do and see and, for me, it was especially great to see so many committed young people involved. Strangers talked and the weather blessed us with rare sunshine.

You may be thinking, ‘well, isn’t that what demonstrations are like; I remember the demos I went on in the past, don’t we all?’ Great if you do, I take my hat off to you, but for me, this was my first mass demonstration in London and I really felt alive.  I’d come to a point where I wanted to do more than ‘tut, tut,’ about the state of the world. I wanted to get out of my comfy seat and stand tall  How liberating and fun that was.

Now I am not urging you to take part in demonstrations, marching or sit down ones, or to chain yourself to railings, but I am asking you to think what is important for you in life. What is it you want to do that you haven’t yet got around to?  Is there a dream which has been ignored for ages, a ‘mountain’ to climb, a book to write, a song to sing, relationships to re-form, fun to be had? At the end of life, it will be the things which you didn’t do which you will regret more than those you did do (to paraphrase Mark Twain).

So, stand tall, have fun; it’s your one precious life, love it and live it richly!



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