As delivered this morning at Radio Bristol:
was sitting here waiting for my moment to speak the other day
when Joe came in to do the travel news. Except you, Steve, introduced
the item as 'Now here's Joe with the weather.'
did the thinking on your feet thing, made a joke, and we moved on.
I was stoning some plums. Looking down I noticed that half way
through I had begun putting the stones in the fruit bowl and the
fruit in the waste.
most of us will have experienced a what-did-I-come-into-this-room-for
writer Francis Spufford called all this, 'The human capacity to muck
things up.' He put it more strongly. And of course it applies to
serious situations such as damaged Gromits, imprisonment and
treatment for illness. We muck up.
Bible says, 'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.'
Whether or not you believe in God we all fall short of that standard,
real or imaginary.
has serious implications. Road rage occurs because we don't allow
others permission to make mistakes. We know we will err, but expect
everyone else to drive perfectly. If someone pushes past you, rudely,
today why not allow the thought that they were distracted by a
relative's serious illness, rather than that they were simply out to
should try and do to others what we'd like them to do to us. And if
I'm accidentally rude because I'm having a bad day I'd like to think
you might forgive me.
a basic thought. To be a city of happiness, let's be nicer to each
other. And now back to you Steve, for the travel? The weather?