Saturday, March 23, 2019

Remain or Leave Leave or Remain The big EU Question and my Pipology. .......... my REFLECTIONS from the early days of BREXIT

Remain or Leave
Leave or Remain
The big EU Question and my Pipology.

I have been thinking about this major issue for a long time.
I have been meaning to write out my 
feelings, thoughts, philosophy for some time.
I must join up the dots in my life/experience/values/faith/BHPness and 
I will try to make some sense.

This BHP stuff.
''You are Beautiful" Stuff.
It has all come out of working with people who are often despised by the majority.

They distance themselves from them.
Don’t understand them.
Don’t care about them.

Through all sorts of pain I have a developing 
pipology loveology emotionology 
and the base principle is that
all humans are of equal value.

Not only tolerate our neighbour but love our neighbours.
And love is a doing word.
I have decided to love not hate
because love does a better job.

Some years ago I created a Mission Statement
and it stays unchanged, with annual reviews,
because it  still rings true,
it still applies to my life as tough as it can be.
One line in this MS is::
'I have decided to live my life as an act of Love.’

Central to my faith and belief is 
This comes from a bible verse which ended my first book/autobiography
'Gutter Feelings'.
‘Seek the Shalom of the city because 
in its Shalom
you will find your own Shalom.’

It’s about seeking wholeness for others
and doing that, living that, we develop our own wholeness.
I am forever working at that within myself 
and in all my work/life.

When I meet a Bulgarian I say
’T c pracrasin chovek’
With a Albanian
‘You yani person ebooku’
'Yesh tesh sponyowee’
….. and MORE - all meaning ::
‘You are a beautiful Human Person’

I have not travelled as much as many 
but I have in Eastern Europe and I love these BHP’s.
They are as valuable as you, me, others ……..
No matter their complex needs ………
…. "we can see a persons behaviour
but we can’t see their journey”

I believe in WE/ME
I don’t believe in Just ME.

"If you want to go fast - go alone
If you want to go far - 
go together”

I am a human who believes in BELONGING.
I belong to a 'Level Five Group' - we are 38 years old.

I believe in participation.
In my Youth Work I have always had the following as OBJECTIVES
because this is how Young people Develop - if these are present ::
New Experiences

When we participate with others in many contexts
we all develop
we all learn.

My Youth Work life has been about::
Making contact
Establishing relationships
Building relationships
BECOMING together ……..
… relevant to good Youth Work/Community Work
and also on the International stage too.
I believe in Team Work.
We all learn in a TEAM.

In teamwork decisions don’t always go our way.
The team decides and we all feel the benefit or loss - mistakes or success.
We learn and we go forward stronger with differences
but working for the common good.

I am ::
St Helens
I love the world.
I don’t want to be a nationalist
thinking only about SELF.
“He has got the whole world in his hands ………”
I have not mentioned directly some of the big issues such as::
Health/Housing/Security etc
BUT I have in Pipology terms.

I don’t want to isolate.
I want to love the poorest, the broken, the stranger …..
Everyone so wonderfully made
YET Beautiful/Imperfection like me …...
and like me - Broken & Becoming.

I wish and work for the whole world to become one.
I want to BELONG and work for the WHOLE.

You are beautiful


I love to get unique humans touching Unique Finger TIPS

Touching finger tips - whenever we can - unique touching a unique finger tip.

I am into
Touching TIPS

I love to get
unique humans
Unique Finger TIPS

It is a beautiful
I train using 
Experiential Methods.

We learn best
not through

AND then ..........
I saw in newspaper
and cut it out.

I felt for these beautiful humans
reaching out
touching tips
that was
all there is for them.
Let us reach out
to humans
and touch
when we have the chance
the opportunity
with empathy
sensitivity ........

finger tips

I love it
now weep for the humans below.
Offer a tear
Pray if you pray
HOPE if you hope

Never build walls
until we know
what we are walling in
and what we are walling out.


As a Community Leader over many years I have always held these THREE P's as essential.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Powerful Words - A 2 second read

'Moment of Surrender' tells the tale of a lost soul, borrowing an 'Alcoholics Anonymous' term.

It is on the edge stuff.
We are on the edge of Easter.
We are almost on the edge of Good Friday.
(Check my  on 
for music and ................................)

1 The first item here are the lyrics to, 
'Moment of Surrender' by U2
2 The first track on my iPhone Player with this blog -
is that song.
If you can read (below) as it is delivered -
wondrous experience.
3 Below the lyrics there is a quote from an interview with Bono. 
It was sent to me by Martin a friend with Angel wings.
It says a lot to me.
Songs speak to me .........


The moment of surrender::
I tied myself with wire
To let the horses roam free
Playing with the fire
Until the fire played with me

The stone was semi-precious
We were barely conscious
Two souls too smart to be
In the realm of certainty
Even on our wedding day

We set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her
It’s not if I believe in love
If love believes in me
Oh, believe in me

At the moment of surrender
I folded to my knees
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine
I could see in the reflection
A face staring back at me
At the moment of surrender
Of vision over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I was speeding on the subway
Through the stations of the cross
Every eye looking every other way
Counting down ’til the train would stop

At the moment of surrender
Of vision of over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

Moment of Surrender tells the tale of a lost soul,
borrowing an Alcoholics Anonymous term
for the moment an addict admits helplessness.

"The character in the song is a junkie, so that's where I got it,"
says Bono, who has written about heroin addiction before, most famously on 'Bad', 
from 'The Unforgettable Fire' Album.

"I've been surrounded a lot 
in my personal life by addiction -
- in the last few years, in particular,"

Bono says. 
"I know a lot of people -
- not least the bass player in the band -
- who have had to deal with their demons 
in courageous ways."

In the Nineties -
- around the time he was engaged to Naomi Campbell -
- Clayton grappled with alcoholism, and went to AA himself.

"And maybe there's a part of me that thinks,
 'Wow, I'm just an inch away,''' Bono continues. 
"There's no doubt about the fact that 
I have a wild streak and 
I'd be very capable of setting fire to myself. 
So, you know, I don't go to church for the view."

Moment includes a phrase that's close to sacred for Bono:

"vision over visibility"
Until now, he never found a home for it in a song, 
but he used it as a title for a painted self-portrait in the Eighties,  placed it in poems and essays, 
and even squeezed it into a live version of Rockin' in the Free World.

"It's an idea that I've held on to quite tightly over the years," he says.
"It's like Martin Luther King's speech -
- the moment when you see the place,
but you can't see yet how to get there."

The slogan stands for an insistence on looking past 
what you can see in favour of what could be.

For Bono, the world as it is will never be enough. 
"I'm not the tattooing kind, 
but if I had a tattoo, that would be it," he says.

"Elvis had 'taking care of business'.
I've got 'vision over visibility’."