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Journey

28 May

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I have been thinking about the very goal focused society that we have, all the inspirational quotes that people use to stay focused and achieve their goals.  That may suit many, it can give a much needed direction, it can also enable us to be trapped on a conveyor belt or into a state of being that makes us so goal orientated that we are inadvertently complying with the blinkered self centred life style which seem to be the *ideal* many organisations, corporations and governments want:
If you *succeed* you can be a part of the elite, if you don’t someone else can profit from the work you’ve done and *succeed*  in your place.  At least you’re too busy to notice that you could be a part of the process for change…
Yes, I am cynical 😉
As usual I digress!
To me life is all about the journey, it was how I taught, it is how I parent and it is how I live.  The journey takes us to places we may not have expected, where we can learn so much about others, ourselves and what is needed to be a useful member of the community of humanity.  We can sit and take time to listen to voices we may not have heard.  We can gaze upon wonders big and small that reveal themselves in the process of *being*.  We can learn about what is effective and what becomes barriers.  Some barriers need to be removed, others are there to serve as warning of danger.  We can test which it is: what is safe for me may not be safe for you and vice versa.  There is no rigid framework of what is *best* it is what it is, the hills and valleys come.  The experiences can be positive or horrendously negative at the moment we have them.  The journey is composed of both.  To me that gives them value whether I’d rather have avoided them or not!
Oh Cripes,  I’m sounding all preachy!
The journey gives me fuel to fight those things that I perceive as injustice and to give me insight into things that I had thought were wrong, often with new understanding I realise the positive or negative value I held needs to be adjusted.  Sometimes my fight becomes stronger other times I realise that I was mistaken or where I was directing my fight was not the place where the challenge needed to be placed.
Journeys, for me are what life is about, what do you think?  Can you show me?
Namasté
Jules

Thank you

5 Jan

Guest blog by @savesouthwark:

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With the assistance of our good friend Jules (@julieanneda), now seemed the right time to put down in words our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has supported our campaign to try and keep Southwark and nine other London fire stations open. 140 characters on Twitter would never have allowed us to do justice in adequately conveying such thanks to you all. To thank each and every one of you individually would be a massive task and whilst we would happily do so, we would be equally concerned that we had left somebody out in error.

Why we have ended up where we are is well documented. Our starting point right from the very beginning was that if the station was to close, we would leave knowing that we had done everything possible to prevent such a thing from happening.

On many an occasion we were told it was pointless, but at no point did we ever give up. We have attended numerous Tenants & Residents Association meetings, delivered in excess of 5000 leaflets, hit the road and attended numerous Borough consultation meetings, engaged with the local and national media and maintained a presence on Twitter, Facebook and on our website.

Twitter has been an inspiration to us and has allowed all the London fire stations to have a voice and engage with the public throughout the campaign. Hands up, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing at the beginning, but with the help and advice we received from so many of you, we’d like to think we got there in the end. There are ever growing numbers of fire stations, police officers, paramedics, nursing staff, coastguard officers etc. taking to Twitter and other social media. Whilst there are many pitfalls that one can come across in doing so, with care and attention to what is being said you need not fall foul of any guidelines. We would urge every fire station in London and beyond to consider having a social media presence. Being on Twitter and Facebook has allowed us to engage with so many great people and receive some fantastic advice too. It’s also kept us going when inspiration was low. But most importantly of all, regardless of the outcome, it gave US a voice.

As this is being written our four watches will be coming to the end of their final shifts at the station. It’s not lost on us that there has been a fire station at the current location in Southwark since 1878 when Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw was Chief Officer of the LFB’s predecessor, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Quite what he would make of it is anybody’s guess. Though interestingly, it is reported that when his Fire Brigade was taken over by the London County Council in 1889, he disagreed with the administration and resigned in 1891.

In closing, we’d like to pay tribute to all the fire-fighters and officers at Southwark Fire Station, the fire-fighters and officers at the nine other stations listed to close (Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown, Westminster and Woolwich) and to our colleagues at surrounding stations, not affected by closure but none the less who supported the campaign, for all their hard work and campaigning.  Additionally, we’d like to thank the FBU-London Region and all of you who wrote such great blogs.

Our last thanks go to you, the public. We have been humbled by the support we have received throughout and couldn’t have carried on without you. Thank you for all the advice, comments and encouragement. You have been outstanding.

From the Red, Blue, White and Green Watches of Southwark Fire Station, thank you.

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