Our Favourite Quotes

I hope you don’t mind me posting again today, but I read this post the other day from Wendi, on her blog Simply Chrinically Ill (I’m sorry, Wendi, I didn’t see a reblog button to reblog your post). It was a general ask for people to post their favourite quotations, which I thought was a lovely idea, especially at the moment.

So I would like to challenge all my readers to do the same. What inspires you?

If you read Wendi’s post, I would particularly recommend reading the comment section. I couldn’t help but notice how many of people’s inspirations were from the bible. It doesn’t do anything for me, other than make me wonder at how many people say they follow it, but don’t, but there is no denying that its words inspire a lot of people.

Located a long way down the list, my own favourite quote is far more secular, from the former UK politician Tony Benn (1925-2014). The media liked to paint him as ultra-left-wing, but these words were just common sense to me. I later learned that the description said more about our media than it did about Benn.

If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.

Other quotes that I find inspirational are by the likes of Haile Selassie and Malcolm X.

And it made me wonder, did anybody else have a favourite quote? If you do, post it either in a comment (here or Wendi’s original post, doesn’t much matter). or post and pingback to one of our posts.

Fandango’s Provocative Question (25 March 2020)

It is Wedgesday, and time for Fandango’s Provocative Question. I’m gonna take care to answer his question meticulously, to fulfil his FOWC prompt too! Today he asks:

What activities have you cut from your life since this pandemic started that you DON’T really miss?

Just as a general thing, I have to say I am fortunate in this pandemic. A lot of my elderly clients are fortunate. I guess a lot of you are fortunate, too. All of us, just because this isolation malarkey has not changed habits much, because we were all pretty isolated anyway!

I’m glad in some respects, because my weekly voluntary session takes place with clients over the phone, which can happen anyway. So, I spent yesterday afternoon calling my clients as normal. In fact, during the pandemic, the task takes longer than usual. Clients normally ask to be called because they feel isolated, lonely, but actually, you’d be surprised how many are normally out when I call! Last week, for the first time in my eighteen months doing the work, everybody answered. This week, all except one. The result is that the session takes longer.

On top of that, the charity have asked me to call another seven people, on top of my normal ten. I did that this morning. With my regular clients, we can chat about anything – often what the cats have been up to, or what the kids have been up to. With these new people, it was specifically corona – are you getting groceries/meds okay? While my normal calls take three or four hours, I dashed these extra ones off in under an hour.

Normally, I get the bus into Age UK’s office in Salisbury, on a Tuesday afternoon. I leave the house at just before 12pm, and get home about 5pm. Five hours. Of which three are normally spent on the phone to clients. So, that’s two hours just lost in the commute. I wouldn’t mind but when I had my car, Salisbury was just a fifteen minute drive away! The bus journey itself goes through the villages and takes 30 minutes each way, the rest of the time is spent walking between home and the bus stop, or just waiting around.

Because of the virus, we agreed I would work from home. I fire up the browser, then ten seconds later I have accessed their network and can start making calls. Then, when I am finished, it is as simply as closing the tab, maybe firing off a quick email, before I can start doing personal things once again.

So, working from home versus a two hour commute? There’s something I don’t miss.