I had a ride in a very nice taxi in Edinburgh yesterday. It was an Audi A8 with extremely comfortable leather seats with teak dash trimmings. When I pulled down the armrest in the back seat, there were a variety of other buttons to press. I was half expecting a mini bar to appear from somewhere!
The taxi was driven by an equally pleasant young man who moved to Scotland several years ago from Poland.
He asked what I did for a living. When I told him, his playful response was, “Aha, you are in the brain-washing business then!”
I failed initially to get the positive drift of where he was going and meekly replied, “Well, I don’t do too much talking actually – it’s mainly asking questions and then listening.”
He then proceeded to explain how he listens to lots of positive things that help him to keep moving in the right direction. He confessed with great gusto how much he loves brain-washing!
Sometimes, (correction: much of the time!) especially in this highly charged world of exaggeration, exacerbation and polarisation, we need to swim against the seemingly relentless tide of negativity,.We need to be like the wild salmon that defy all the odds, in the uphill battle to be optimistic.
In seven days time, we will all be waking up to a new era of government – one that is very likely to be comprised of individuals you don’t have much time for. Depending on your political persuasion that is. Even if they do turn out to be who you voted for, there is no such thing as a perfect government.
The challenge will be – perhaps more than ever before – to keep going forwards, like my friendly taxi driver and make the most of your time here on earth.
Even if that boils down to something very simple but potentially awe-inspiring like a beautiful sunrise…