Preparing for 2020

Travel Plans for 2020 

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. Apparently no one recognizes you there.

I have been in Consistent  but not often, that I can recall.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport, you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.
 
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump to get there, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.
 
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
 
Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.
 
One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense.  It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!   At my age I need all the stimuli I can get.

I used to like to be in Volved, but now I find it difficult to find enough people there who even bother to go there.
 
I may have been in Continent. They tell me it is very wet and damp there. It’s an age thing.

I really like the idea of being in Slumber Land more often.  You can go there, on the hour, every hour, for 30 minutes.

————————————————————–

Next article by  Mike O’Connor, columnist for The Courier-Mail.

There are times when I feel like a stranger in my own country, the urge to scream in frustration is all but overwhelming.

I don’t believe in man-made climate change and shake my head in bemusement at the people who are presently running through the streets screaming “climate emergency.”  Yet it has been know that the climate has changed since creation.

We now live in an age in which if something is said often enough by self-interested parties then it must be true. Anyone who attempts to voice a contrary view is howled down and branded a “denier.”

No one dares to be different. Such is the desperate need to be accepted and on-trend that one will happily go along with any point of view which will be favourably viewed by social media.

The intellectual laziness of the masses is as sad as it is tragic. We have become a nation of unthinking morons, especially on the Social Media, who unquestioningly accept the views of self-anointed “experts” without wondering if their shouted declarations that the “end is nigh,” might just be driven by their urgent need to justify their existence and get their hands on another research grant.

To be a climate denier is to suffer eternal damnation but it is perfectly fine to be a democracy denier as witnessed by the fact that there are large numbers of very noisy people who still can’t accept that Donald Trump is President of the United States and Scott Morrison is Prime Minister of Australia. Such people will not accept that their horse came second.

Nor do I believe that people who attempt to lie and cheat their way into the country should be allowed to settle here and cannot understand why people like Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton is pilloried for doing what he is paid to do … protect our borders. My advice to those with bleeding heart tales who wish to live here? …  Get in the queue.

Admitting that you admire Dutton for his forthrightness is, of course, akin to confessing to devil worship and not something you would dream of doing in the company of strangers lest you be set upon and tarred and feathered.

I also have no time for the United Nations, a multi-billion dollar club which boasts among its members some of the great hypocrites and pontificators of our time and which seethes with corruption.

Australia Day is three months distant so the non-indigenous among us who were also born here, must ready ourselves to be branded as white supremacists celebrating a bloody invasion. I feel no guilt about anything my great great grandfather may or may not have done.  Instead of wasting energy moaning about historical wrongs, tackle the alcohol, drug and sexual abuse and poor parenting that denies so many indigenous children a shot at a better life.

This is not a point of view that people publicly express because they know they will be denounced as being racists if they do so. So be it.

Christmas in also coming, but don’t mention Jesus or the birth of Christ lest in so doing, you offend someone … and that would never do.          

I am annoyed when someone tells me ..“the Bible says … whatever “    So why can’t they be honest and say  “my interpretation of a few cherry picked verses is … whatever”  That is why we have so many Denominations.

I’ll continue to live, then, in my own little offensive, racist, climate denier world, but I’ve a feeling that I am not alone. Please feel free to join me.

———————————————————–

This is just a beautifully written piece, author not known to me.  Take a couple of minutes to read it.  You’ll be glad you did.
 
A WINTER FRIEND

This article is so befitting for all of us… take time to ponder… the last statement printed in red cannot be refuted:  

READ SLOWLY
  
You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.  

I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.  But, here it is… the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?  I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.   

But, here it is … my friends are retired, they are all richer than me, and they are getting grey … they move slower, and I see an older person in myself now   Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant … but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just taking a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore … it’s mandatory,  Because if I don’t on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit.  So on the hour, every hour, take a 30 minute nap.

And now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done, but never did. But, at least I know, that although the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last … this I know, that when it’s over on this earth … it’s over. A new adventure will begin.

♪♪ Regrets, I’ve had a few then again ♪♪ too few to mention ♪♪   There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I’m happy to have done.   It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly.  Don’t put things off too long.  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!   

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so, LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember … and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years that have passed.   

“Life” is a GIFT to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.   Make it a fantastic one.   

Remember:   “It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   
 
~Your kids are becoming you … but your grandchildren are perfect!   

~Going out is good … coming home is even better.   
~You forget names… but it’s OK, because other people forgot they even knew you.

~You realize you’re never going to be perfect at everything…. especially golf or music.   

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.  

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV on, than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep.”  

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..   

~You tend to use more 4 letter words like  … “what?” and “when?”

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless?”  and what used to be freckles are now liver spots.   

~Everybody whispers.   

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.   

~But “Old” is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies … and best of all, our dear …OLD FRIENDS!  

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”    Send this on to other “Old Friends” and let them smile in agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

.

 

 

 

 

 

.