Thanks for popping in today.
My oh my. When will it stop raining??
Tunbridge Wells is very very wet now.
|Where’s the bloody dog??|
But the weather is just another one of those things
I have absolutely no control over.
I was just in the town, and was watching 3 lads erecting some scaffolding. They were soaked to the skin.
But there was an air of grim acceptance around them;
they had a job to do, and they needed the money.
So they were simply getting on with it.
Like my brother, who works outdoors always says,
“It’s only a bit of rain; makes the grass green.”
And Dave, the old farmer always says,
“Shit weather for sheep shearers!”
(which sounds bizarre in a boardroom meeting!)
Mindful Wednesday, right?
Well, I am just about to head up to the new studios for prep and rehearsals before the big launch at noon tomorrow.
The big boxes are packed.
The little boxes are ticked.
I have got enough demos to go for hours.
I have got enough clobber to wear for a fortnight.
Have turned the place on its head looking for my earpiece for talkback. Haven’t used it for a while.
Obviously put it in a safe place.
I’m sure they’ll have lovely new ones at Hochanda for the launch.
And I shall just have to get a new one made.
But the lesson for me today was seeing those young men climbing up the side of the old building in Crowborough,
hauling soaking wet scaffolding,
with rain literally dripping off their noses.
Years ago, in fact right up to 5 years ago,
it being August Bank Holiday weekend,
we would have been unloading a van in a muddy field
at the Stonor Arts & Crafts Show.
Heavy?? Weighed a ton!
No wonder my neck is permanently damaged!
But that was how we made ends meet.
And I am not embarrassed to tell you that we always slept in the back of the van. The weather was often so rubbish that camping in a tent was too unpredictable.
(Remind me to tell you the story of the airbed and the pump some time…)
So. To be invited to launch a new TV Channel with an amazing group of people; to be packing my suitcase to spend the long weekend in a swanky hotel.
Beyond my wildest dreams?
The only fly in the ointment is that Dave can’t be with me.
He really isn’t well enough to handle the pace just yet.
Paul Church and he are joining me on Saturday though,
for the 6pm TV Show.
So I really must head off now.
I do hope you can make time to join us at noon tomorrow,
at 6pm on Saturday,
and at 10am on Sunday.
There may be teething problems,
things may not go according to plan.
But it won’t be for lack of effort.
This is a HUGE DEAL.
To build a TV Channel from an idea and a spread sheet.
What an accomplishment.
We will just go with the flow, duck and dive, smile a lot,
improvise if we have to, and have some fun along the way.
I thought I would focus my mind and get grounded by setting myself a task.
A is for Always look on the bright side of life.
C is for Can’t control People
C is for Can’t control Places or Things either.
E is for Everything happens for a Reason.
P is for Plan. Plan your day before it begins.
T is for This too shall pass.
A is for Actions speak louder than words.
N is for Never nag.
C is for Choose your words carefully.
E is for Every cloud has a silver lining.
Why not try it yourself?
Make a cup of tea and find a quiet place
with some paper and a pen.
with some paper and a pen.
Write ACCEPTANCE down the lefthand side.
Then have a think about what Acceptance stands for.
Next week, maybe we can talk about Acceptance?
It’s a biggy on our quest for a little serenity…
love and hugs,