Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Poverty that imprisons the spirit ......

I scribbled this and blogged this in May 2010
We are seeing the fruits now in every day life.
See my two reflections below.
I feel sick.

I am a bit Brassed off tonight.
I am concerned that the Conservative party maybe elected.
I worry that behind the front man we have
an army of 'so-right' humans.
The millionaires who have funded the party
will want even more payback than promised already.
The Banker/voters, and others on large bonuses, 
will take more.

I am scared for the weakest most vulnerable.
God help the immigrants.
God help the inadequate.
God help the unskilled
God bless the young humans
I feel this.

Ghandi was once asked::
"In all your life with all the hardships,
imprisonment, violence and persecution,
what was the hardest part?"
He said::
"The hard heartedness of the educated".

The poverty that imprisons the spirit.
The poverty that crushes the soul.

If you are a home-owner,
a good job,
a profession .........
Don't worry - you will be fine.
If things go wrong, 
you know where the handles are.
You know where the switches and buttons are
to make life work for you.
You have the motivation.

What about those who don't know where
the handles, switches, buttons and levers are?
What if you don't know what they look like.
What if you are scared of them, feel a fool in front of them?

I watch the clip above from 'Brassed Off' a movie
about the coal mining industry
and the Brass Bands culture
during the Thatcher years.
I have just sobbed my heart out.

My Dad was a coal miner.
Brass Bands thrived in my childhood community.
Community art.
I am brassed-Off.

That is where I am tonight.
That is where my soul is tonight.

Have Mercy upon us ………….



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6.1. Across the UK, after housing costs are taken into account, there are 13.2 million people (21%) on relative low income. 

Individuals are said to be on ‘relative low income’ if they live in a household with an income (adjusted for household size and composition) below 60% of the average (median)

income of the year in question. 

For 2013-14, the relative low income figure, after housing costs, was £232 per week


Sunday, December 04, 2016

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Christmas tangled .....

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, 
or how bad it seems today, 
life does go on, 
and it will be better tomorrow. 
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person 
by the way he/she handles these three things: 
a rainy day, 
lost luggage, 
tangled Christmas tree lights.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Pip Pondering - flashback ......

MrsBeautiful was 21 - I was 25
when we got married.

One year after - to-the-day.
We moved away out of our St Helens terraced house
and both our employments
To live and work in a Young Offenders Unit.

Our first child was born there
and instantly she had 15 brothers
A Family with 15 brothers & one daughter.
All Manchester Boys.
All sentenced by the courts.
We were House Mother & House Father.

She has a big birthday this week
and I am reflecting back.
That move was a big step of faith.
Burning bridges - 
but not people.

She is flying to Miami to work
Back on her birthday.

Thought I would reflect to you.
My mind and emotions are flashing back.

We have lived in 10 homes 
including this the current/last one.
Only 3 have been 'private'
The rest have been living
On the JOB
In community.

A journey immersed in human life.
Tough experiences
but always riddled in beautiful
growth experiences.

Much love to you
I guess we have collided on the way.

As I type each line
There is a deep pause
because I am pondering

beautiful …..

Just some reflections …….


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Thanks for visiting me here
Hope we can entwine sometime
If not - I want to journey with you……
The Road Less Travelled.

Pip Wilson

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Biog of a man ...........

I arrived at my place to work and 
before I had taken ten steps inside the front door 
I was hugged by a forty seven year old man - 
smelling strongly of drink and 
wording his passionate desire to sit with me.
The contrast was leaving you - 
and stepping into a state of interaction with a man 
with desperate need. 
For the next forty minutes 
he poured out his current life and condition - 
his mental state really.

Biog of a man.
He is from Hackney - the London Borough 
described as the most deprived in the UK. 
He has holes in his back from being shot. 
He has numerous stab wounds. 
He recently smashed the front doors of the Hostel 
and he doesn't know why. 
He does not live there anymore.
He lives - 

There is a constant flowing praise of me in public 
because he received a letter from me 
during one of his visits to detox himself. 
The letter affirmed him and I meant it. 
He often helped out when young kids became violent 
and made a difficult situation safer for all in the community. 
He is a constant heavy drinker and uses other chemicals - 
he says not. 

He lives on the west side because 
he is not safe on the east side.
His roots include a gypsy Mother 
and a history of serious crime and violence. 

(His son, who I also know, 
has even more stab wounds and 
I believe he sells crack.)

We spent time with him weeping and talking loud and long and hard. 
Never threatening to me because he says I am from the East End, 
'Street', like him and 
that he respects 
that and constantly repeats that. 

Medication is refused from his GP, 
he had not eaten for two days, 
he was smelly and wearing a 
white stained track suit.
A psychological time bomb.

That was the contrast from being with you - 
we are so full of beautiful imperfection and share it - 
and we level with it.

He is beautiful - 
and broken - 
and damaged - 
and seemingly hope-less.
The eternal taxi-man has a big job.

After a period of time 
I did other things with other people 
and he became present again
and of course dominated and disrupted. 
That continued all day and, 
apart from disappearing for more alcohol, 
was still with us and during the late group-work
which had just ended. 
He was non stop gush -
a drunken gush of non-stop incoherence.

Other staff helped by moving him away from the group. 
It took ages which meant a fantastic discussion 
was stop-start for some time. 
Not one person slagged him off.
 We all know what it is like to be drunk and out of your head. 
Living in a homeless hostel gives humans 
a massive capacity to accept the the unlovely.

I cannot write more about this.
Maybe I could in time.
But wanted to share it with you.
Get it out of the soul and visible.
Because you were part of it.
The SO good - to the grime of life.
The loving and becoming - 
to the troubled and difficult , 
sliding backwards soul.

I said to the taxi man - 
"take care of him - he is precious"

          "work like you don't need the money
          dance like no-one is watching
          sing like no-one is listening
          love like you have never been hurt”


Thursday, December 01, 2016

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PEARLS OF WILSON - ideas for Christmas Group-Work

Blob Christmas           

Hello beautiful human 
(when is the last time that ANYONE has told you 'you are beautiful'?)

You are beautiful and 
I was 40 years old before I could say I am beautiful 
- and feel it (sometimes-!!)

I don't want to bring-on Christmas too early but I wanted to pass on this Blob Christmas tool 
for you to use in your life and Mission as you prepare for Christmas.

It can be used in different ways such as::

1   A Church Service to stimulate some interaction - at least in the individual brain!

2   A Youth Group leaflet - makes a change from a Snowman or Father Christmas type images.

3   A Youth Group session  which I am focusing on here - just some ideas.

Give all your group a copy - it is more personal that an image on a projector screen.
Ask an opening easy question. 
I always start away from the personal as it is an 
ice-breaker before deeper things ahead. 
Answer these questions for yourself before hand - 
engage with the deeper sense of yourself - 
especially the tough questions!
Have them to share the answers with a human sat next to them, 
often it will be a human they came with!

1   Which Bob is most sad and which is one most happy- and why?

2   Which Blob is having a good time but only superficially - what tells you this?

Split the group up into three's so that everyone is mixed up - do this between every question from now on - to enable the group to get used to change.

3   Which of the Blob scenarios reminds you of your earliest memory of Christmas?

4   Which scenario reminds you of your last Christmas?

5   Which Blob, or Blobs, reminds you of your worst Christmas?

6   Do you follow the flow at Christmas - just follow the crowd, do what your family traditionally do,  or your friends do? Pick a few of the Blobs to describe?

7   Do you feel or believe that you have any choice in how you live your life at Christmas or is your life in the hands of others during this period? (Secondary question -When will you feel ready to make decisions about your own Christmas life?)

8   If you are a human with a faith in God - and trying to live it out - which of these Blobs describes how you would want to live your Christmas life?

9   Look carefully at all the individual Blobs. Which one is in most emotional pain? Put a word to that feeling? Who do you know who feels the same or similar feelings?

10   Think of a human who you know or have seen around your community, school, college or work - someone who speaks in a different accent than the majority, or a different colour of skin, way of life, stigmatised, alone, unkempt, not much money, dependent on chemicals, sad face .. ..... Who will bring Christmas Life and Christmas Love to that beautiful human? (who God loves and Jesus has died for)

11   End with sharing a big tin of Christmas sweets and after all have chosen a sweet - ask everyone to say why they picked that colour and type of chocolate? Does their choice match their personality and character?  ....... a fun way to end.

Last comment ................ these are just ideas. Use your imagination to think of questions which are appropriate for your group - you are expert in you context. But - I recommend going for stretch - outside the comfort zones.

Pip Wilson bhp

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