Watching the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics and the various news bulletins from Rio of late has really highlighted to me the void between the rich and poor. Add to that our recent cruise through Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji, where we found the extreme poverty of the local people very confrontational, and it makes you think. You realise how truly blessed we are to be Australian.
But what can we do, our means are limited, and while we are comparatively rich compared to these people, the reality is that we are not rich, we wonder whether we will have enough money to retire comfortably. Will we have to rely on an aged pension, or have we done enough. How every selfish, even those thoughts are a privilege denied to many.
So what can we do, we can do as much as our means permits, but that will never be enough, but what of the rich and famous. Look at the lifestyles and fortunes of the rich and famous, movie stars, television personalities, sportsmen, musicians, these people are worth millions, hundreds of millions some of them.
Imagine what these people could do, what a difference they could make to the world if each one donated just a small percentage of their fortune to creating a new world order. Build a school, put a roof over a families’ head, teach them how to fend for themselves and build a future for their families, the possibilities are endless. We could wipe our poverty and create a new world where everyone has an opportunity to have an education and contribute in a positive way to their community.
I have always said if I was lucky enough to win a significant amount of money I would give something back, whether it be a much-needed piece of equipment to a hospital, or school books for children in a third world country, I would do something. I would make a difference to someone somewhere.
I am not having a shot at the rich and famous, I am sure that many of them are already philanthropists and it goes unreported, but imagine if they all did something. What a better place this world would be.
I am thrilled to say that my feral neighbours have moved on. It looks strangely like they have done a runner, leaving behind the things they did not want in the back yard. With any luck the landlord will fill in the holes their dog dug through to our place
When we drove out today we could see some of the most disgusting graffiti on the walls in the front room. I feel very sorry for the landlords who now have to clean their filth up. I certainly hope that the next tenants are nicer, one would think that the property manager and landlord will be a little more discerning next time around. Surely we can’t finish up any worse off.
Oh well not much we can do about it, we will find out when we get back from our holiday one way or another. I just hope the new tenants take a little more care of the place so we can maximise our return when we put our own home on the market.
Getting a wee little bit excited at the moment, just four days away from our next cruise. We both started three weeks annual leave last night and Wednesday morning we fly to Sydney before boarding the Sun Princess for a 14 day cruise to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Cannot wait.
This is the same cruise ship we went to New Zealand on so we know our way around, it would be great to see some of the same crew as they were all very friendly.
We have promised ourselves to be a little more responsible this time around, yes we are still going to eat, drink and be merry, but we are also going to do a couple of revolutions around the deck each day to help ward off that holiday fat. Hopefully I will be a little more relaxed about the whole experience second time around, and just enjoy myself.
Last time we didn’t get involved with any on board activities, and to be honest we probably won’t do this time either, but we do intend to make the most of all the amenities on board. The casino, the theatre, movies under the stars, maybe even the pool.
The festivities don’t end when we get back to Sydney as we are having an extra couple of days there before flying home to Adelaide. Brian and I have not spent any real time in Sydney together so we are looking forward to that as well.
The excitement will continue for Brian as he furthers his career in retirement living with a new job the day we go back to work. This year is our year, a holiday and hopefully a new house, and with a new house comes my racing pigeons.
Live, love, laugh. Leef, houd van, lach. De phase, amour, rire. Phasen, Liebe, Lachen. Vivo, amor, riso. Levande förälskelse, skratt. In tensione, amore, risata.
Live, liefde, lag. Live, lerato, tseha. Live, jacayl, qosol. Live, asih, seuri. Ishi penda Cheka. Live, uthando, insini.
Mabuhay magmahal tumawa. Live, katresnan, ngguyu. Hidup cinta ketawa. Live, te aroha, kata. Sống, tình yêu, tiếng cười.
Be kind to others. Sé amable con los demás. Intentions a l ‘autri. Vær snill mot andre. Vertu góður við aðra. Vær venlig mod andre. Fie un fel altora. Budi dobar prema drugima. Jkun it-tip lill-oħrajn.
다른 사람에게 친절. ຈະປະເພດກັບຄົນອື່ນ. ਹੋਰ ਕਿਸਮ ਰਹੋ. Dadi apik kanggo wong. Ia agalelei atu i isi. Hãy tử tế với người khác. Berbuat baik kepada orang lain. மற்றவர்கள் அன்பாக இருங்கள்.
Yiba nomusa kwabanye. Yiba nobubele kwabanye. Ba mosa ho batho ba bang. Aoka ianao ho tsara fanahy amin’ny hafa. Pagmabination ngadto sa uban. Ka kasance irin ga wasu.
Fè kalite bay lòt moun.
I am finding it increasingly difficult to think of things to write about so I thought I would have some fun with it. This is the first in a series of posts that I intend to write to spread a little peace and joy, and have a little fun at the same time.
The theme of my post is in the title, and I am going to add a number of translations. Please forgive me should I make a mistake along the way, there is no disrespect intended.
Love and peace to all. Liebe und Frieden für alle. Amor y paz a todos. Dashuri dhe paqe për të gjithë. Liefde en vrede voor alle. Любовь и мир всем. Љубов и мир за сите.
Love iyo nabad oo dhan. Liefde en vrede vir almal. Uthando nokuthula kubo bonke. Lerato le khotso ho bohle.
бүх хайр, амар амгалан. ຄວາມຮັກແລະສັນຕິພາບທັງຫມົດ. Cinta dan perdamaian untuk semua. すべてに愛と平和. प्यार और सभी के लिए शांति.
Renmen ak kè poze nan tout. Love, a me ka maluhia i na mea a pau.
Have you ever thought about who you would ask to dinner if you could ask anyone, living or dead? I have given this much thought and I can bring it down to four I think.
The first of my dinner guests would be David Attenborough, what a truly amazing life he has lead. Imagine the stories he would have to tell about the places he has been, the amazing wildlife he has been privileged to film, the risks he must have taken. This man is a font of knowledge and I will never cease to enjoy his documentaries.
Second on my list would be His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The knowledge he could impart, his insights into all the famous people he has met, the history of those Dalai Lama who came before him, his previous incarnations if you like, and the experiences he has had. The story of his trek from Tibet when it was invaded by Communist China. A truly fascinating yet humble man, the very essence of human kindness.
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is third on my list, the last Empress of India, mother of our current Queen. The Queen Mother was born right at the end of the Victorian era, her life spanned the 20th century, she would have met almost all of the reigning monarchs of the world, and a good deal of those who had been deposed, not to mention presidents and other famous heads of state. A truly fascinating and privileged life.
I am a bit torn about who would round out the four, my first thought was the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, just think of the dirt she could dish out on Hollywood, on those truly great movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Then there is Pope Francis, another truly enlightened man, or Princess Diana just because she was Princess Diana.
In my heart of hearts I know who number four would be, my late Uncle Max, just because I miss him.