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PHIL’S CUPPA – Time Flies

As we head rapidly towards the end of the year and we look at what has happened so far, it somewhat astounds me that things have gone so fast. We have seen so many changes in the world and I our own country, and, typically, so many things remaining the same! In the face of bad roads (And, frankly, worse drivers) load-shedding and all kinds of political upheaval, with politicians mainly scrambling not to fix things but to place blame, what are we to do?

The answer seems to me to be clear. We need to work on the things that we can do, rather than bemoaning the things that we cannot do. I think that the old adage about the ‘grass is always greener on the other side’ is one of the most quoted lies ever. The grass is greener where you water it! What are we watering? We may not be able to change the world, but we can certainly change OUR world, and the only place to start is with the community.

Our community is what we live in, work in, what supports us, builds us, and gives us the opportunities that we need to make a living and a life. In a world that seems to live on TikTok, and have opinions about everything they know nothing about, yet none on their own lives, where it is more important to be ‘woke’ than right, where duty is a word and not a lifestyle, we need to rethink our priorities and start to work on fixing the world around us. I have looked at how much can be achieved when a community works together, and it is impressive. It affects the safety of our family, the happiness that we can achieve, and the peace which we can share.
When I look at what certain communities have achieved when they stood together and chose options that built up the community, I have seen areas become desirable to live in, seen crime drop dramatically, I have even seen the President of the country come to address the community that stood up as one and asked for a voice with him – he came and listened. There are so many things that can be done when people try together, and that green, green grass that we always seem to think is ‘over there’, is actually right here, if you are willing to water it. This month is Men’s Mental Health Month, and I think that our mental health has been challenged in the past couple of years, but we are a tough people in a tough country, and I think we are better off here, MAKING things better, than we are running away somewhere else. Community is the answer, both for mental health and for a better life. We should stand together and water our grass right here, and I am convinced that e can make this country, and our own lives, just than much better.

Philip Allebone

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