The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Time 'we' listened!

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I am watching what's happening in Greece with absolute horror!What is so frightening is that the public have now totally lost trust in their government at a time when the later have no other option but to impose further austerity measures or risk going into free fall. Failing to do so means Greece won't get a second helping from Europe and the country would go bust in just a few weeks. Terrifying stuff! ... and their parliament has agreed further cuts already. If Greece does not succeed in controlling it's affairs, the ripple effect on the whole of Europe would be dire! That includes us here too! Greece can not succeed without the collaboration of it's people, but there can never be cooperation without trust! What a vicious situation!

Because lost trust means the government in Greece is now wrongly viewed as the people's enemy!

What will this fiery situation lead to? In the middle of all the mistrust and the resulting confusion, I hope the Greeks calm down and cooperate with their government to see how best to get their country out of trouble. Because this current chaos can and may very well lead to a total meltdown if it is allowed to continue and become so difficult to restore back to normal again [look at the Middle East for what lost trust looks like ... ugly!] ... then again, situations like this make you wonder who is infiltrating the angry crowd or who has interests in keeping this chaos going either because of their sheer stupidity of not understanding the dire situation the country is in ... or ... for any other reason.

Bottom line is, what's happening in Greece is wrong and will lead to nowhere if it continues ... the Greeks need to trust and cooperate with their leaders if they are to get out of the chaos it is in!

Today, our Prime Minister described the strikes planned for tomorrow as 'premature'. Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, does not want those strikes either - meaning that our leaders whether in government or in opposition have the same view on the issues that are causing this strike. It is therefore unrealistic to think that pension reforms will be avoided or abandoned whichever party is in office. Meaning it is best for unions to sit and talk with the willing to listen government in order to reach a better deal. Unlike Greece, there is time left to talk here until everybody is in agreement ... and the very reason why that so long as our government still wants to listen and talk, then taking disruptive, harmful and very expensive to a country in times of need strike actions is wrong ... the reason I hope this arrangement that may well end in Greece like disruption will be avoided at all costs here in Britain! With a a globe on the verge of financial collapse, this is not the time for isolated groups to think of themselves only and forget about the rest!

As well as school and parents having to take time out to attend to their children, many businesses will suffer great financial losses because of those strikes too Think airlines, airports, people stranded whether on holiday or on business trips, closed shops, you name it ... will also be affected! This is not fair!

At a time we need to get this country out of trouble too!

Co-operation please! At least to avoid the amount of disruption these strikes planned for tomorrow will cause the whole country and the large sum of money that will be squandered at a time when the country needs every penny ... and the resulting public disapproval which may lead to who knows where.

We must always strive to keep our trust of our leaders, specially during difficult times, in order to keep the people and the country together. Hence, if I were a union head and I hear the PM calling those strikes 'premature', I would stop. Because it means the government is still willing to negotiate and endeavour to keep that trust between them, the public and the unions too - they may then, instead of the money squandered due to their strike actions, be able to get that extra something to show their members they worked hard and got somewhere.

A better deal where everybody is suited ... peacefully.

Hope for peace, not another Greece ....

For I am sure we in Britain are much wiser than that.

Unions, please stop! Call off those strikes!

If the government still wants to talk, then what you are doing is 'wrong'!



David Cameron says MPs will face same pension changes [click] and [video], [video]. [video]and [google]
Nick Clegg: 'strikes will not help' [click]
Ed Miliband: 'These strikes are wrong' [video] and [google]
Number crunching the public sector pensions debate [click]
Row over impact of public sector pension strikes [click]



Tuesday, 28 June 2011

... on learning


Learning

I have learned so much from God

That I can no longer call myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,

a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself

With me

That I can no longer call myself

A man, a woman, an angel,

Or even a pure

Soul.

Love has

Befriended Hafiz so completely

It has turned to ash

And freed

Me

Hafez

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Iwinmaway! :-)

"These weilers are like angels ..."





Iwinmaway ... Iwinmaway ... Iwinmaway ... Iwinmaway :-)

Related: [google]

Friday, 24 June 2011

Modesty is cure ...

"Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful to seek other than itself." Khalil Gibran


Be Lost in the Call

Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?

Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you've never seen the face.

Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.

Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.

My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?

We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn't want a crown or robe from God's grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.

Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.

Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

Rumi


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Cameron laughs off surgeon's anger over ward visit [video]
Surgeon who interrupted PM's hospital visit takes indefinite leave [click]
Inevitable [click] and [video]
Backlash [click]
Exclusive: Cam Rage Consultant On Permanent Leave [click]
Hospitals need more beds, not more bare arms [click]


"Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive." Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

In answer to your query ...

Modern science is still trying to produce a tranquilizer more effective than a few well meant kind wordsLink


Are government U-turns really a 'sign of strength'?


Yes!

... only when the leader decides this is the right thing to do! But ultimately, it's the leader's decision after all, and why a leader is a leader! Here, the majority of the public believe the leader was right to pause, listen rethink and mend too!


"Only a government firing on all cylinders, he says, would have the self-confidence to listen to criticism, pause, reflect and come back with an improved set of proposals."

Too true! ... and well done.


"And he is "proud" to lead a listening government.

If this is the case, this must be one of the most self-confident governments, with the best hearing, in history."


You got it in one!


"But do the public actually care?"


Yes they do, very much so! This is the only way for modern politics now ... you only need to look around to see for yourself; the Middle East, Spain, Greece ... etc, even here in England when the public took to the streets in defiance of 'imposed' policy and in defence of 'our' NHS. The government have done well to put the brakes on, listen, then amend to suit ... and tweak further till best fit! It brings people together and gives them a sense of achievement they were able to influence their own lives and that of the whole of society too! Camaraderie in action, which also means a greater sense of 'patriotism'! ... and ...


'Patriotic' is 'self-and country-trusting' and is 'responsible'!


"Research by IPSOS Mori suggests two thirds of voters want a prime minister to act mainly "on the views and opinions of the general public to make decisions", as opposed to a third that want a PM who "trusts his own judgement and experience to make decisions".


... and the research is mostly right too, although sentiment can not be measured in such a clear cut way as people do change their minds all the time and for many reasons. For example, how varied and representative of society was the sample? How fair/persuasive/biased was the questionaire/interviewer ... etc?


"Mr Cameron's own polling may also be telling him voters are not particularly bothered if the government does a U-turn as long as it gets the policy right in the end."


Yes. Getting 'it' right is what matters now to an informed and connected public living in a modern democracy. Governments and citizens must interact together, specially in our 'very' difficult and testing times. These are no longer the times for governments to sneak in from behind or enforce unpopular policies like before. Or 'pretend' to know it all or are our leaders expected to be fictitious super heroes and get it right first time all the time either. This now is a modern day time for 'transparency' and 'cooperation' with the public to find the best way forward and the best fit solution ... and a continuous endeavour to aid and speed up recovery, and for the whole country to prosper on a local as well as global level too!


"And they do not want a prime minister in the Margaret Thatcher mould, ploughing on seemingly impervious to criticism."


Absolutely! ... and with all due respect, PM Thatcher was suitable for her time. However, times do change and they have. In our Facebook, Twitter and blog-U-like times and the like, 'rulers' who are 'not for turning' or who rule from their sofa for one wouldn't last much in such informed and charged and ready to 'go' environment ... it just simply won't work anymore! We must also take into consideration that recent PMs didn't preside over a country in the middle of a globe on the verge of financial collapse either! Hence, the current PM has a much more difficult job to do than his predecessors, and he's doing it well now that he listens and cooperates with that changed and charged well able and informed public too!

Intelligent and successful 'leaders' are the ones who are ready and willing to move in with the times, and that in itself is strength! Remember Darwin?! ... it is 'listen' to what 'we' the public have to say time now!


"And, as Mr Cameron is discovering, more than 30 years later the media's love affair with the phrase [the lady is not for turning] shows no sign of fading."


Only the modern day public have fallen out of love with this dictator like expressions too, I don't think it would go down at all well today anywhere around the globe. The very reason I hope PM is not compared to anyone anymore - because, although he can and will learn from his predecessors as he should, he is his very own! ... and lots more popular than most comparisons too! I also hope that those in the media still living 30 years in the past would please come join our modern times and reform too so as to reflect the true views and changed mood of their modern public ... if only because it is their job to do so!


And now, time for a treat ... and the lesson this time is ...

Every heart has a sssoft ssspot
... Alwaysss ....

Letsss hope ... :-)




CC: CC
:-)

Related from [google]

Unison's Prentis warns of massive strikes over pensions [click]

Ed Balls warns unions over pension strike 'trap' [click] and [google]
Cameron meet-jiabao-business-summit [click] and [google]



The 'advantage' of modern means of communication is they enable you to worry about things in all of the world

Friday, 17 June 2011

... and we'll fix it 'together'!

LinkWhat I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

You're not born a parent, parenting is an acquired skill. If you do it fairly right, because it's never that all the time as you know, but once the kids grow you can look back and admire a green tree laden with fruit ... and hopefully say to yourself with a smile: "I've done a good job"!

Novice, like any acquired expertise in the world, your parenting skills grow with you as your family grows older. If you're lucky you come to learn the tricks of the trade as your children grow older too, especially if you're like me, a parent of four ... 'who dunnit?' is but one example to illustrate ...

Along the way among all the techs I discovered was that it is never right for a parent to pretend that we, 'adults', are always right because we aren't! No one ever is! I also discovered that acknowledging this fact and admitting a deficiency, or even a big mistake brought the family together on many occasions. Perhaps it was even a major contribution to good parenting over all. Then kids appreciate you more when they are able to convince you that they have a better opinion or solution than yours. So, there is communication skills in it for everybody too. And this kind of participation helps the family's self-esteem to grow with them as they grow... and yours when you see them happy they were able to over taken you, an adult, sometimes. This makes any parent not only proud, but feel stronger because of feeling confident enough to back track without losing ground afterwards. If you were right to U turn, you never do. Specially when there is a good 'reason' for a parenting U turn. Kids also always feel victorious when they are able to convince the stronger one, hence feel satisfied and become more accepting of other right decisions from a flexible rather than a rigid parent. And this kind of victory promotes ambition in children too!

So, making a U turn when it is the right thing to do is always a win win situation for everybody ... That's good parenting! ... and what's a parent? The 'leader' of the family ... so it's a good leadership skill too which only the strong can do when there is good 'reason' to do it!

That's how I raised my family, my own Micro unit if you like. But I have learned long time ago that what succeeds on a Micro level will always succeed on a Macro level too, providing you adjust and tweak to suit as you go bigger and bigger.

... and we've just had such experience of that happening here in England during the current reform of our Health service [NHS]. For After lots of fighting that made us all sick to the teeth reforming our Health, our leaders headed by the PM decided to pause and listen, which they really did! Unprecedented step - and it did produce good results too - the majority of which will be implemented while reform continues. And our leaders are still listening, why? Because it was of benefit to the country to listen to the people and include their views in decision making ... and I hope there be more listening and more tweaks till perfect.

So whether they agree with the results/don't or are still after some more, to those who have been asking if the NHS 'listening exercise' was/is a sign of weakness or of strength, please make your own mind now ... but if you decide still that it was a weak thing to do, then ...

Calm Down Dears!

Because this was an amazing piece of not just working together as a team, but of 'Big Family' in action, as in ...

Big Society!

... because this concept is not just about volunteering and the like, but about being responsible in everything we do, and responsibility only comes from continuous democratic practice, and that comes from being 'together' debating in a group too. Then you can do things on your own and be responsible ... including having an opinion and maybe a decision that you like to stick to. But best results come when you join minds with others to discuss different opinions and ideas then make the right decisions collectively 'together' ... so that we can all prosper 'together' ... just like in a good family ... and you maybe surprised how many people have better opinions than yours and mine, sometimes.

Inclusive hence efficient, just like in a family, the NHS 'listening exercise' is a model example of that kind of collaboration. I feel it will soon become a model adopted by us more here in Britain ... and one that will become a classic example of new age politics that may well be taught, not only here, but around the world too ... another 'first', a piece of British excellence in action! Presented as a true piece of Modern Democracy and modern politics. One that is like no other, yet! For how many would dare?

So, well done everybody who took part ...
the public, the campaigners, Prof Field and forum members and participants, heads of all the Royal colleges, Dr Meldrum, , the Lords, ministers, media ... etc ... and the medical bloggers on my side bar and from elsewhere too! Have I forgotten anybody?! Yes, loaaaads!

Because this was one exercise where everybody did make a difference ...

And we have the best media in the world too. But I just hope those who sometimes call my 'Big family' brothers, sisters and cousins names like 'embattled', 'humiliated', 'beleaguered' and the like to refrain from doing that again. It's not nice ... and, judging by many of the comments I read on articles containing such adjectives, I feel it makes those reading concentrate on the negative aspect and reacting to that instead of seeing the topic itself so as to be able to form a true opinion and find solutions to any problem/s within. Hence this 'not nice' language distorts views and hinders ability to form correct views and find solutions IMHO!

Criticise politics all you like, even make fun when there is opportunity for I hope we'll always smile together too. But please don't put our leaders down in such a bad way because it doesn't read right and it's demoralising at a time when we all need optimism. You won't accept it on yourselves either. Plus when you do that you also put those same leaders in a 'defencive' corner ... and nobody performs well in a corner - but diverts to a defensive mode and act accordingly instead. This applies to everybody including you and me. So how can they not be expected to react in the same way too?! - ... and if that NEW trend of transparent modern democracy through engaging with the people continues, which I believe it will, you'll have to answer to a big ' informed' family out there. But since you are family members yourselves, you need to be responsible too. So please reform too to get rid of such not nice ugly practice and distractions.

In our challenging times, we all need to perform better, the very reason why we need this modern style of 'we'll do it together' democracy ... and hopefully this will also be a 'polite' and a 'rewarding' democracy. For I hope we'll praise everyone, including our leaders when they do well too ... and for that NHS 'listening exercise', praise of everybody is due now ... you see, the lesson we all gained from this exercise is that;

We are in it together, and we will get out of it together too!

... and for that 'We' all need to pledge to ' Fix it together' ...

... and 'We' will ... in no time at all ....


... and you know uncle, it feels a bit surreal ... but my little brother is a Prime Minister!! ... and he doesn't do'rule' either, instead, he 'leads'! ... that's NEW! ... ain't it something?! ... and the NHS? Borthers and sisters, and the cousins are still looking and tweaking, till perfect, I hope! Did you know cousins can still hear, and talk, when they are sleeping? It's cos they are very bright like that ...

Globe! Come visit us, come meet 'The family'! We're all special here! I know you liked our son's wedding ... but you should come meet my other brothers and sisters too ... and the cousins if they are around too ... and maybe we should make a really graaand group wedding for couples from all over the world at the same time same place every year too ... a happy occasion for the whooole globe! Couples, book your place now!
[all rights reserved cos we're gonna make loooads a money! :]

... and ... me brother is aaaaa Prime Minister! ... of Great Britain! ... eh?! What do you know! ... better watch how you talk to me from now on everybody ... and where is that red carpet?! Don't you know who I am?!
... tell them uncle ... Ahem ....

:-)

David Cameron defends NHS reform rethink as 'sign of strength' [click]




Together forever, never apart. Maybe in distance but never at heart.



Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Nobody loves me :-(

It's the only way it makes it feel better. When you're alone, it just hurts. So this is just to be together.


- Oh dear! ... and look at that fur after aaall the fighting! ... yeah, I know! ... deeep in your heart you are warrior! ...you're lucky that big cat came to the rescue, heh? ... now let Ma see to that fur, there! ... and you need to give all that hunting a rest sometimes, you know!

... now come on, and bring all your friends ... come on little guys ... milk is ready ... and of course we love you kitty, you're our cat! ... so just be really nice and the rest of the cats and mice will come and be your friends too, ok?

- Puurrrrrr ... puurrrrr ... :-)

- You go show them what a good cat you are now, cos I know you are ... look, here they are! See, they are all standing there watching, so go ... or wait ... listen to what Mama has to say first .




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The New Health Bill [click]
Mixed reception for NHS climbdown [click] and [google]
The verdict on the NHS bill shakeup: Experts react to the changes [click]
Liberal Democrats say in leaked email: keep challenging 'bad' NHS plans [click]

NHS: Future Forum — Statement House of Lords debates [click]
Government’s NHS rewrite does NOT save the “duty to provide” [click]



"We just have to come together as a team and we'll be all right."


Sunday, 12 June 2011

The dancing particle ...




"Daylight, full of
dancing particles

And the one great turning, our souls

Are
dancing with you, without feet, they dance.

Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?"

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... and three dimensions? What three dimensions?! ... nothing as such ... just particles and rays floating in the vast universe ... so might as well enjoy the dream ... because we can't get out of 'it' either ... for always ... for eternity ... and how long is yours is how long is your dream ...

... so keep on dreaming ... and keep on hoping ... and don't worry about the passage of time, for how can you measure time in a dream?! And it doesn't matter how long, for length is a man made story and it's just you in there ... you are your dream ... you make you ... wherever and whatever ... and whoever too ...

Go float ... and mingle so you can meet other dreams, they make yours bigger ... float ... with whoever you want to 'see', for nothing is too low, and nothing is too high, too narrow, or too wide ... and no limit to the sky ... dreams have no young and no old ... so go make your dream ... make it your own ....

Of course 'see' ... is another story ....

Enjoy your dream ... enjoy the dan
ce ... and happy Sunday .... Ole!

Related:
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Physicists see new identity-shifting behaviour in subatomic particles that could hold clues to origins of matter [click]



"Life is 95 percent anticipation"























Invisible?! No! Just look closer ... so that you may see me .... or click


Poem by Rumi [1207 - 1273]

Art [top two] by the talented: Alexi Frances

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Trust me, I'm a Prime Minister ...

Without trust there is nothing.


It's been good to listen, says PM;

"Mr Cameron said ministers had "learned a lot about how to make our plans better" during the two-month consultation.

"We have listened and engaged and not just heard what people have said but we are going to reflect it in what we are going to do. There are real changes being made to these health reforms to reflect the concerns of patients, doctors and nurses so we get that right."

As part of efforts to reassure the public about the changes, he also set out "five guarantees" which he said would protect the "precious idea" underpinning the NHS.

He said the NHS would remain a universal service, changes would improve "efficient and integrated care" not hinder it, hospital waiting times would be "kept low", NHS spending would be increased every year and there would be no privatisation or cherry-picking by private providers.

"We will stick by our core principle of an NHS that is more efficient, more transparent and more diverse... But I will make sure at all times that any of the changes we make to the NHS will always be consistent with upholding these five guarantees.

"There can be no compromise on this. It is what patients expect. It is what doctors and nurses want. And it is what this government is determined to deliver."


I can't remember where I read it, but one newspaper said that the reason the NHS row broke out in the first place was because this government was more transparent, it couldn't hide and push policies through by force as habitual ... or something along those lines ...

Well, now that the NHS listening period has ended, the PM is putting his own reputation on the line as he personally pledges to protect the NHS. 5 pledges above plus this one here;

"If you're worried that we are going to sell off the NHS and create some American-style private system - we will not."

Well, I don't know what more can he do or what else can he say, but I haven't seen many PMs as transparent as David Cameron ... or engages with the people and takes their views on board when making decisions as he does.

He says "Trust me" ... and as a mother who cares about the health and welbeing of the nation, that of her family and with all her four eggs in the NHS basket ... and since those pledges were what I had hoped for from that listening exercise, I will take his word for it ...

I trust you Prime Minister ....

And please don't forget about 'National' doctor training, 'Quality' and 'opportunity' for all. Somehow I feel that he won't forget, because he doesn't like waste ...

It's been a good listening exercise this one ... now Education want one too! :-)

New kinda leadership, new kinda politics ... and new kinda citizen too ... interactive, you know!

Are you watching, and learning, world?


Related: Prime Minister offers concessions on Health Bill to satisfy opponents [click] and [google]
David Cameron defends international aid rise with vaccine pledge [click] and [google]

"Self-trust is the first secret of success"