Plus & Minus...
Written: 17th Jan 2013 | Last Updated: 17th Jan 2013
We have a very special new family member...our fourth grandchild arrived in February last year, and is soon to celebrate his first birthday; he’s a gorgeous, happy, fun, “been-here-before” baby, with sparkling eyes and a delightful grin...so cute he melts hearts, so creative he entertains us all - and himself - with a quicksilver mind. At the moment he is preparing to walk...he can take steps hanging onto things and people, but is not quite ready for the solo stride. He’s close, though...he stands up without help and holds his position for quite some time, as if testing himself; he knows what the next step is...and with excited eyes looks forward to where he wants to go. It’s a fantastic process to watch, a metaphor for life itself, perhaps. He brings us so much joy...and reminds us - if we need reminding - of the exquisite beauty, curiosity, energy and courage of children.
We live in a world that threatens us on a daily basis - just flip through your morning newspaper, scan an online version or watch lowest-common-denominator TV as wars, scams, drugs, bullying, pedophilia, drug resistant bacteria and viruses, thieves, rapists, plagues, climate change, economic crises, terrorism, rising seas, etc. get dished up in all their gory glory...to the point of discouraging some folks from even venturing outside. News has become synonymous with fear. Perhaps this is why so many have become infatuated with and influenced by the ridiculous worship of celebrity...the simple silliness of it all is a welcome distraction from hardcore news. The not-so-simple downside is that everyone now wants to be famous, thereby setting themselves up for the inevitable fall.
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