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Have you ever attempted something and then because you fail on your first attempt, you give up and don’t try again?

I think we’ve all done that at some time or another!

Winston Churchill once said

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

and it’s so true isn’t it – just because we fail at something doesn’t mean we should give up; just because we are successful at something doesn’t mean it will last; and finally when we have the strength and courage to try again or simply carry on, that is what really counts.


Having watched and listened to a lot of coverage of the riots in England in the last few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that many youngsters, and in some cases, their parents, just do not understand the meaning of the word respect.

I’ve heard several interviews where individuals have said they were upset that “the police and politicians don’t respect them”! What was obvious from what these people were saying was that they did not comprehend that respect is something they must earn, not something you should automatically gain.

Here are some definitions of respect that I’ve found in various dictionaries:

  • the condition of being honored
  • an attitude of admiration or esteem
  • a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  • behavior intended to please your parents
  • a feeling of friendship and esteem
  • courteous regard for people’s feelings
  • regard highly; think much of

How can people expect to be respected if they don’t treat other people, their property’s and their belonging, with respect!

I really don’t want to get into the whole discussion about why the recent riots took place, but I feel I had to mention the lack of respect that has been shown by so many. Many were youngsters who obviously had never been taught how to respect and treat others or their belongings. That really saddened and upset me, as it just seems to show how much the world and the way families and communities interact these days has broken down over the past few years.

Come folks, let’s get back to basics and teach our children right from wrong, respect from disregard…

With the end of the various football sessions in England and Scotland, I thought it was time to reflect on how wonderful football is.

Football supporters of the same team often come from different backgrounds and culture and come with different life experiences.

Competition is great, it’s people from the different backgrounds together supporting the same team.

Isn’t this all a bit like religion? There are many religions, each with different beliefs and cultural backgrounds, however we are ultimately all followers of Jesus.

This means that despite our religious/cultural differences, when the real battle against good and evil comes, we will all stand on the same side, with Jesus, as brothers and sisters.

Yes, there are differences in background, culture, and life experiences between football supports and Jesus’ supporters, however we must all accept, appreciate and enjoy the differences between us all – football supports and Jesus’ supporters.

Come Together by Third Day

You can all call me crazy
For the things that I might say
You can laugh all you want to
I know there will come a day
When we all will come together
And learn to set aside our hate
And we can learn to love our neighbor
Just like we would love ourselvesWe’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love
We’ve got to learn to love

You can call me a dreamer
But these dreams will come true
Yes, I am a firm believer
In the things that we can do
If we would all just come together
And let the Lord lead our way
There is nothing that we can’t do
There is nothing we can’t face

We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love

And I know that there will come a day
When the Lord will call His own away
To a place that He has made for all of us
But until the day of His return
There’s a lesson that we’ve got to learn
We are brothers and we’re sisters
We are one

We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love,
We’ve got to learn to love

Ya know we got to learn,
Know ya got to, ya know we got to learn to love
Yeah, yeah
Don’t you know, oh yeah, don’t you know
We’ve got to learn to love

After 4 weeks, this weekend sees the end of the 2010 World Cup. So what have you thought of this year’s tournament? What were the highlights for you? And the worst bits?

The highlight for me was just how enthusiastically all the African countries supported one another in each game. Their supporters were all so colourful and so full of energy and enthusiasm, they were wonderful to watch and to listen too!

And the worst bit of the world cup for me? Having to put up with all the biased English commentators! How many times did they g on about England going to win the world cup? Teehee! They couldn’t have got that more wrong could they! And what really got me was the number of times they mentioned 1966! Talk about living in the past! Move on, this is 2010 and English are not going to win the world cup!

So this final weekend, who do you think is going to win, Holland or Spain? Personally I think Holland will win as I think they have more skill and power up front and in midfield than Spain do. Although I do agree that Spain have some fabulous players too, but I just think overall holland are stronger.

Given how good I’ve been at predicting the world cup results so far I’ve probably picked the wrong team to win! Whoever wins, I hope it’s a great game and that there are no controversial moments in the game to spoil the end result.

It’s always good to catch up with friends, especially when it’s ones you don’t see very often. Today I met up with a close friend who is originally from Glasgow, but who has lived in England for a number of years now, so we only see each other a few times each year.

Whenever we meet up we always make a point of making sure we’ve plenty of time to shop – even if neither of us have anything in particular we’re looking to buy. After all, half the fun is in the looking rather than the buying….and it’s much cheaper! Although I’ll admit it, we both did buy a few things today!

Although we keep in touch with each other, we always still have a lot to catch up on. Not only that but we always end up reminiscing about some of the things we got up to or done in the past which is always a good laugh. I know it’s not always good to look back on things, but there are exceptions and that’s when you’re looking back on some good times, it really does lift your spirits…it certainly did mine today!

After we did our usual wander round the shops, we always go for some dinner. Today, as we have the last few times we’ve met up, we went Frankie and Benny’s for some food and a further blether. We ended up in Frankie and Benny’s for hours…and no we weren’t eating the whole time! It ended up about 9.30pm before we finally left F&B’s to head for home.

Great company. Great friend. Great food. Great shopping. An all round fabulous day…even if I am now totally exhausted!