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Gazette column: We need to quit thinking of ourselves this Christmas and start thinking of others

It’s “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my weekly Gazette newspaper column to my blog so you can have a read…

This week my column for the Gloucestershire Gazette is about Christmas and how, this year with all the shopping and the excitement, we need to stop for a moment and think of others before ourselves. To read it, simply click to my Column page.

What do you think? Let me know.

**Look out for  Wednesday Wafflings next, well, Wednesday, where I post the latest entry in My Diary of a Hopeful Author**

Diary of a hopeful author: Don’t stop believin’…

It’s “Wednesday Wafflings” when I post the latest entry in my Diary of a Hopeful Author…Photo of a Diary

You know those days, right? Those days when you are so tired you can hardly keep your eyes open – and it’s only 9 a.m. Those days where, so it seems, no matter what you do, you are just a tad bushed, a tad doubtful, a tad deflated.

Well, this past week has been one of those times for me. No biggie, just a bit of fatigue. And when those times strike, it’s easy to start feeling a bit sorry for yourself, to wallow a touch in your own thoughts, to think, ‘I can’t do this,’ or words to that affect. So when these times strike, I let myself wallow for five mins tops then I give myself a good old talking to. ‘Get a ruddy grip,’ is my fave phrase. Another is, ‘I am very lucky.’ Because lucky I am. I live in the UK, a country that is not war-torn, a country that is not ravaged by drought, or by 200-mile-an-hour hurricanes. I live in a country that has free healthcare and universal education and really, really generous people. My house is warm. I have food in the fridge. My health is pretty great, thanks, and, oh, I have the best family IN THE WORLD.

I could go on, but, instead, at this festive time of year, I will leave the sayings to another, and that other is rock band, Journey. And the saying is this: ‘Don’t stop believing.’ Ok, the cast of Glee said it, too, but, cheesy though it is, the song is bang on. When times are tricky, no matter why – writing block, work sucks, your car’s broken – we should not stop believing that everything will be great, because we are the lucky ones, and we owe it to make the most of what we have.

So, on that note, here’s a You Tube clip to fire you. It’s an amazing choir of kids in New York, called PS22. There’s something about kids singing popular songs that just makes the whole thing more poignant, that just makes you pause for a second and think how lucky we all are.  So this week, I bring you the kids of PS22 and their version of Journey’s, ‘Don’t stop believing’. Brilliant stuff. Have a good week.

Out tomorrow “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my latest Gazette newspaper column to my blog…**