Monthly Archives: October 2013

Time for a Sing

Mendip Male Voice Choir are on Tour

As you may know I sing with the choir and we are visiting Swansea on tour this weekend.

Last night we sang in a hospital as we were in the area and had done it last time the choir were here and brought some musical relief to those patients that were within earshot. (At least I trust that’s what we achieved!?)

After singing we were coaches back to the hotel where we all joined together for a lovely meal with good company and great hilarity at times.

This was followed by a ‘few’ drinks in the bar afterwards that finished in the early hours with the hard core revellers having had a great time people watching a wedding party where the groom went missing for a significant amount of time only to return looking somewhat worse for wear towards the end of the evening. Various theories were muted, none of which I feel I can repeat here but several of them included bridesmaids!


Before retiring on Friday it was agreed that we would meet for breakfast at 1015 to give us time to recover from the late night. I woke at my customarily early hour anyway and, after rolling over a few times and sleeping a bit more, IĀ got up and felt very virtuous working out in the gym. This was followed by a session in the sauna, jacuzzi and pool before an invigorating shower and joining the others for a massive cooked breakfast!

Those of you who have ever counted calories will know that working out and comparing the number of calories expended in exercise to those available in food can be somewhat dishearteningif you are not careful. Bearing in mind that I only worked off less than two sausages in the whole time I was in the gym and pool!

A number of us then went into Swansea itself and enjoyed a cup of coffee 29 floors up with lovely views across Swansea bay.

After resisting the temptation to shop we returned to the hotel to chill and prepare for the evening concert. (I caught up on some sleep and had a read!)

I am currently sitting in a choir stall awaiting the start of the concert.


More to follow (assuming I survive!)





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I have had the pleasure of being part of a discussion on Linked In, this was my last comment, I thought it might be useful…

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Thank you for your comments.

I have been on a journey for a while now where I have learnt that there is a way to take control of your life in ways that I never knew were possible.

I have put my thoughts on what I have learnt here

@ Steve, I commented above on anything being possible. That is a truth for me. (If you think you can’t, you can’t, if you think you can, anything is possible.)

@ Wilson, you mentioned about taking control of your mind, I agree entirely, this is something I wrote on here.

@ McKella, I love your ‘clearly envision’ statement. I have come to understand that it is even more powerful than we may at first think. On my journey I have learnt that I have far more power over outcomes than I ever dreamt possible.

Also, it is possible to exchange a belief in something for a ‘knowing’. How much more powerful then can your thoughts become. I understand that our thoughts are instrument in creating our reality and that we are actually creating all the time. If we choose to take control of that process our lives can be transformed. So I see every situation as a reflection on how I am ‘thinking’. We create good and bad stuff, just take control and stop creating the bad stuff.

That is where taking control of ones mind is so important. It can be called becoming present.

And that brings us back to happiness. For being happy with any situation takes us towards our goals, or those things we have clearly envisioned.

It has been said ‘be careful what you wish for’. Thinking about the comments above, that means that when our thoughts or our goals are shaping our reality then we need to be careful. If you ‘want’ something then you will get exactly what you ask for. Sounds good? This is the ‘careful’ bit, you will be getting more ‘wanting’ it. If you ‘want’ it remember you don’t have it (or you wouldn’t want it, you would have it!).

Know that you have something and it will be yours.

You are the master of your destiny, that is absolutely correct!

The page link below is to a page where I have summarised everything I have learnt in a ‘few’ lines. Please share it with whomever you think may benefit.

Reflections on Peace in our World

Best wishes and thank you so much for your comments.