Hello. Last night I had the immense pleasure of seeing Lionel Richie in concert all night long. I appreciate that to some of you this may not be a pleasure at all but stick with me here…like I’m stuck on you.
On stage there was a 68 year old man, thrusting, dancing on the ceiling, smiling and throwing his heart and soul into entertaining around 5000 people. I knew 5 of those 5000 people and when my auntie started screaming ‘Lionel!’ at the top of her lungs when he first came on stage I wished I only knew 4…
At one point during the concert to We are the World we all swayed with our torch lights beaming on our smart phones (not quite the charm of a cigarette lighter but we live in an age where we cannot be trusted with bottle tops even at a Lionel Richie concert) and in that moment I felt connected to those 5000 people, and I felt a glimmer of hope, that endless love.
It’s been a funny old week and everyone (including our leaders who should be leading) is still reeling from last week’s vote. Again, the negative focus is leading the way on the News and Facebook and it is certainly depressing to read/hear/see the racist vein among us British abusing immigrants in this country and waving the English flag to support their hatred. It’s easy to lose faith in each other, in the kindness of people and see only despair for the future. I have been guilty of this too and it took a friend to point out that not all leave voters are prejudiced morons (despite the media focus) and that there were/are valid economic and financial reasons that swayed people to vote leave which I have not spent any time considering because I knew my own vote and the reasons for it.
Last week I implored people to stand together and avoid further separatism and yet I have been mentally separating myself from those I find offensive, stayed sulking (a little) and stopped engaging in the narrative of moving forward. Not only is that a ‘yoga fail’ for many reasons (holding onto my emotions, not staying present, not finding compassion for others) it also skews my perception of my neighbours, of people, and of the world. Every single one of us sees the world differently. This very screen will appear differently to you than it would to me because whilst we ‘see’ physically through our eyes our vision comes from our own perceptions, from our past experiences and through our emotions of that moment. It’s more than the glass half full/half empty analogy. A blue sky will look grey to someone going through heartbreak or the rain will be yet another frustration and another reason to hate the world for those of us stressed and depressed. So my destiny, my challenge for you too is to seek to find a positive in everything, in every day, instead of running with the night.
You may think you are a positive person but just begin to watch your thoughts, how much you gossip and what you are listening to, reading or watching on TV. You may then realise that if you’re that mean to yourself then your neighbour is probably as masochistic to themselves as well! And we can only build up positivity and happiness for each other by starting on finding that for ourselves first. Failing that, I’m pretty sure the answer to finding unity and peace for us all is simply a combination of Lionel and cheap wine…
P.S. This week’s blog comes with the challenge of spotting 12 delicately placed Lionel Richie song titles. You are truly welcome.