We are still in January and it is still “interesting” at Martha Towers. I don’t usually take much notice of January Blues type talk. I’m not sure why it should be any different to February except that February is nearer to the end of winter I suppose. I thought about blogging about positivity through dark times but then I thought – nah! Why change the habits of a lifetime? So, in no particular order, please see below the things that have annoyed me (Obviously, all rants are shot through with Christian overcoming and advice for life – a bit – possibly)
- Do you know anyone who hasn’t had that cold/flu/Black Death thing that has been going around. I haven’t really had it – just that feeling of being on the edge of it, hot and cold and all that. It just leaves you feeling a bit pooped all the time. It’s a busy time and I could do with being a bit more bouncy. I am eating broccoli and everything. It’s disappointing isn’t it? I am thinking of replacing green leafy veg with lemon drizzle cake. Spinach is not making any difference so I might as well go down eating cake..
- The story about The President’s Club has been very disturbing. For those who haven’t seen (lucky you) it seems that There are such things as Male-only dinners where large sums of money are raised for charity. As part of the evening young, female hostesses move amongst these tables of charitable love and philanthropy, with instructions to dress provocatively and to never complain, even if you are the target of unwanted “attention”. I have checked the date and it is 2018. I had no idea that this was a thing. Certainly since we started saying that women were – you know – human beings with rights to exist, vote, things like that. Although, for what it’s worth, I don’t think it is so much about sexism as privilege. I am pretty convinced that a room full of rich women would behave more or less the same way with male waiters etc. I think it’s more about the rich and powerful thinking it’s ok to roll all over the poor and the desperate – especially if you cough up a bit of money for an impeccable cause. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of money-changers tables being overturned by an angry Son of God
- It was interesting to note that the government has a Minister for Loneliness (I am assuming that it is to fight loneliness rather than promote it as a positive life choice ) I have long thought that church would be brilliantly placed to be on the front line in this fight. We just don’t seem to be very good at it sometimes. My “newish” church is having a Ladies’ Breakfast on Saturday. It might be nice to go. (It might not be either – you know how miserable I am) But, we don’t know many people yet and it takes a lot to go to something like that new and nervous. I always think, at things like that, it might be a good idea to get a couple of “old hands” in the church and get them to offer their services as a sort of support on the day. If you knew that someone would be there to support you, at least while you were a brand newbie, it would make things a lot easier, don’t you think? Shouldn’t we be making it as easy as we possibly can? Just a thought.
I absolutely PROMISE that I will try not to be a miserable crow if you ever come back again. In the meantime, this is a wren, in our garden. How awesome is that?