Remember, remember…..

Recently, we have had the local noises of fireworks, as people, for some strange reason, let off excessive numbers of fireworks. Is it to ward-off evil spirits, or just some kind of ‘last-fling’ at the end of Spring?  Why should we want to remember the Fifth of November, anyway?

This morning, at the Cathedral, we remembered the fallen, in a very gentle way, with no blazing trumpets, but a simple selection of hymns, Peter Maxwell-Davies’ moving ‘Farewell to Stromness’ played on the piano, and Frikki Walker’s ‘Prayer for Peace’.

This afternoon, with the foul weather, we started to clear out some old photographs. No easy task! We thought we would get rid of a lot, but it feels rather uncomfortable to destroy images of ones we knew, and maybe even more so, those we didn’t know, as they were before our time. So we compromise by getting some destroyed, some scanned-into the computer, and others to be sent-off to relations who might not have copies, and would welcome them, and even more to be passed on to the Glasgow’s People Palace. This is because the Lady’s forebears were famous in the Glasgow East-End Ministry, and were great supporters of the working people of the area. 

And so we have had a period of recalling those who at various times have passed-on. And what memories will we leave behind, and how will people sum-up our attitude to life and others (as they will)? Happy, pleasant, annoying, snobby, short-tempered, truthful, reliable, patient?

So it behoves us to remember this whenever we interact with someone we love, or someone we have just met for the first time…because we are laying down how we will be remembered long after we are gone. How would you like to be remembered? …..maybe I will just go down as a long-winder old blogger!!

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The problems which have beset Gordon Brown,  and now the pending workload facing Barack Obama, has set me to wondering why anyone should want to place themselves in such a position.

They are both different of course…Brown with his involvement in the detail over a decade as second-in-command. He had of course been jealous, and it was blatantly obvious that he felt he should have had the position much earlier. When Tony Blair stepped down, Brown simply became the leader. He was never selected by competition, and so there was the question as to whether he should have accepted the post without going to the electorate. Things looked reasonably good for him, but as we all know, his desk has been littered with major problems, internal to the party and now the world-wide financial situation. He cannot claim that he was un-involved or could not have had any idea about the fiscal storm which has been brewing for a long time now.

Obama, on the other hand has appeared from relative obscurity, to arguably the most important position in the western world. With no experience in diplomacy, he can also claim no involvement in the history of politics or finance which are now causing problems. He comes with a possible fresh approach, and was selected by the (strange to us) voting system in the States.

So why do these folk, knowing what it involves, wish such a post, especially with both having young children who should be having their attention?

Is it power, and control they can wield, whatever the sacrifices?

Is it the money?

Is it an ego-centric thought that ‘You need me’?

Is it an altruistic wish to serve one’s country and the world?

Is it a wish to go down in history?

Are they pushed or encouraged into it by colleagues, friends, or spouse?

Please tell me!