It would appear that we live in a world where we all have plenty of things to worry about, but should we take stock and try and apply a little perspective.
It would appear that we can all find time to “sweat the petty stuff” and not give a second thought to climate change, the ramifications of Brexit or out-of-control shootings Stateside which could easily end up spreading like a contagion to this country.
OK, on the last point I know that unlike our American cousins we do actually have some gun laws, but all laws can be, and are, broken.
There is a classic example when it comes to the territory we try and claim outside our own front doors.
We all know that, in the vast majority of cases, we don’t have any actual right to the road outside our homes.
The street I live on wasn’t really designed for the number of cars which need to park on it.
Visitors can be a nuisance and we have had, on more than one occasion, to apply a polite note to a windscreen asking someone not to actually block our driveway.
I have also been delayed by those nice chaps who come along and empty the bins ... but they have to stop somewhere while they dash about and collect everyone’s wheelie bins.
But at the end of the day I don’t own the road and all I ask for is a little courtesy and I don’t let it ruin my day/week/life!
I have said it before and I will say it again, some people just leave me open-mouthed when considering their stupidity.
A perfect illustration of this came last week when paramedics attending an emergency call in Birmingham were stunned to find a note stuck to the windscreen of their ambulance, rebuking them parking over a driveway while attempting to save a life. The note, which read “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive” prompted outrage from the paramedics and thousands of people with whom it was shared with online.
Sometimes a little perspective doesn’t go amiss.