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The power of music

January 27, 2014

So there you are, listening to music and suddenly you find yourself in tears.  Ever happened to you?

It seems to be happening to me a lot recently and there’s just nothing I can do about it.  Yes, I know I’m still in a pretty emotional state of mind after everything that’s happened recently but never has it been so apparent to me just how powerful music actually is on your state of mind.  I’ve spoken to a few people recently who have confirmed that music has a similar effect on them, not just in the immediate aftermath of loss but many years later, and not always following negative times or events.  It seems that music is a media which is really able to stir our thoughts and memories and bring us back to that point of raw emotion almost at the flick of a switch.

I must admit that I’m finding Sundays incredibly difficult at the moment and that’s because my Church is by nature very musical.  I’ve advocated in the importance of music for so long and I cannot imagine life without it but right now, right in these days of such immense pain, I’m really struggling with it and I’m struggling not because it is bringing out any particular memories and not because the music has any specific relevance.  I can’t even explain what it is, I just know that music is bringing me to tears incredibly easily.  To be honest it’s quite an emotional rollercoaster & I seem to be coming away feeling almost physically drained and just so raw and fragile and vulnerable.  And it’s at times like these that I just need people to be there for me, to talk to me, to distract me, to comfort me.  No, if I’m really honest I don’t even need all of that, in reality I just want them to be there for me and to hold me.  And right now, despite the support & understanding of one or two people I’m not really finding that anywhere and that makes things feel even more raw.

So what to do?  I’m told that in time it gets easier, that our minds are able to remember happy times but I’m also told that even in many years, music can still have that powerful effect on us and bring memories flooding back alongside the tears.  Hmm, not sure that’s something to look forward to but in the meantime I guess I need to keep carrying a packet of tissues around with me!!

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Space

February 14, 2011

Space.  The final frontier.  Places unknown to man.  I guess it’s one of those topics that either fascinates you or bores you to sleep.  Equally it’s one of those subjects where we will probably never know all the answers.  But do we need to know them?  Perhaps somethings are better not known?  Perhaps some things don’t need to be known?  Hmm.

Today the media have been reporting on what it might be like if man were to land on Mars.  Maybe that will happen one day, who knows?  But this evening as I came home, I was taken by how beautiful the night sky looked.  Such a clear night.  Stars in all directions and a bright bright moon.  Beautiful.

Unfortunately my photo doesn’t do it justice & so a little imagination is probably needed.

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Feeling red

February 13, 2011

People often say that they’re feeling blue when they’re sad or down in the dumps, when life isn’t going the way they’d hoped. But what do you say when you’re not feeling like that?  What’s the opposite of feeling blue?  Well I don’t know what the opposite is but I reckon perhaps it should be red and that we should say we’re feeling red.

So this evening I’m feeling red.  Things are good & I’m buzzing.  So red it is & here’s a photo of my red curtains.  What colour are you feeling today?

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Embrace Life

July 1, 2010

I just stumbled across this video – wow!

It’s refreshing to see a safety message being illustrated in such a postivie light and really makes you stop & take note about what it’s saying.  The high number of views that this video has received on YouTube (currently over 9 million) indicates that there are a lot of other people out there who think the same & who are taking the time to forward this on to others.

Check it out for yourself today!

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Equality, who needs it?

June 3, 2010

Ok, so is it wrong that I dont care that women are in the minority in the cabinet or even if Parliament?  That I’m not bothered that there are less of my sex representing us in politics?  Should I really be fighting for the cause & arguing inequality &  moaning that politicians just arent representative of the population as a whole?

After all I’ve been encouraged my entire life to strive for the best, encouraged that I’m just as capable as anyone else and given every opportunity to do well.  Does that mean I’m now letting the side down so to speak by not shouting for the rights of women everywhere?

But why?  If  I just dont care and am not worried about it – and to be honest I’m not – then why is that wrong?

Ever since the election I’ve been hearing this argument on the radio, reading it in the newspapers & now I’ve just watched it on television.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’m sorry, I simply dont care.  I’m really not bothered about it & I dont see it as necessarily being a bad thing.

Why do we always have to insist on equality?  Isnt this just another case of political correctness gone wrong?  At the end of the day, if we’re just increasing the number of women, or chinese people, or people aged 46, or any other demographic group that you might choose to identify, simply for the sake of appearances, then we might as well not bother!  What are we really trying to achieve?

Surely we just want the best people in the job.  In my opinion there’s already far too much discrimination going on just to keep the figures “correct”.  Only last week I was told how a certain group of people applying for work in a particular sector have to automatically get job interviews to proof that they are not being discriminated against.  For goodness sake!  How on earth can that be equality?

I’m not saying we should go back to how things were when our grandparents or perhaps parents were young, although they werent necessarily bad times.  What I am saying is we need to have a bit of perspective about these things & quit arguing for that equality when it isnt always needed.

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The grace in falling apart

May 26, 2010

It’s amazing sometimes how there you are minding your own business, getting on with your life when suddenly bam!  The life that had just been drifting along nicely has crept up on you and without you realising how, things have changed completely and you’re left wondering what on earth has happened.

Well I’ve just read this post on Pamela Slim’s site.  There’s some great words in there & I thought it was worthy of a re-post.  I encourage you to go read it for yourself.

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Photography by the blind

January 20, 2010

I just stumbled across a link in my RSS feeds to a news item on the BBC website which intrigued me, so I just had to follow it.  After all, the idea of blind people taking photos, well it just seems unbelievable, unusual & yet fascinating.

The link took me to a page which explained how some blind people have been taught to take sensory photos.  There is an accompanying slideshow of some of these images and I think you’ll agree that as well as illustrating a fascinating insight into a life of blindness, many of these photographs are actually outstanding.  What makes this all the more poignant I guess is that the photographers will never be able to see the fruits of their work.  Quite a sobering thought.

But dont just take my word for it, check them out for yourself here or go along to the exhibition of the works in London.

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