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Summer of love: finding positive messages

Positive messages

Wanted: positive messages

After all the madness and mayhem of the past few months, we have decided it is time for a summer of love.  No, we aren’t talking about holding hands and skipping through fields of wild flowers.  Flip flops aside, at jag, we want to concentrate on the more positive messages emerging – even if it is only for a few weeks.

Positive messages

Lord Paddy Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, spent the past weekend promoting the new cross-party initiative MoreUnited.uk.  The aim?  To give a voice to the millions of open and tolerant people in Britain.  The name is taken from the late Jo Cox’s maiden speech in Parliament.  Can’t argue with that message.

Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics and Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK, has written about the politics of optimism, post-Brexit.  We like his focus on the individual (the personal is political, after all); how politics is about community – how we live our lives and how you live yours.  ‘Mental well being is positively linked to engagement in local community’ – so let’s get out there!  Another great message.

Prince Harry is doing his bit by encouraging people to speak out about their mental health issues.  ‘It is not a weakness.  Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem.’  Nice one, Harry.  Good luck to Heads Together.Rio 2016

And of course it’s the Olympics!  Forget all the Russian doping hoo-ha, the blocked toilets in the athletes’ village, the Zika virus and truculent golfers.  It’s time to fall in love again with running, jumping, swimming, weightlifting and 38 other sports (we’ll cut golf a bit of slack).  All 366 British athletes are ready for action and so are we.  Let’s resurrect our 2012 paraphernalia and shout the team to victory.  Go Team GB!

Cats on YouTube

Cats on YouTube

Yes, it can be the summer of love, if we just ‘Ac-cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive’ (thanks Bing).  Failing that, we can always watch cat videos on YouTube – what else is social media for?

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