I’ve just bought a brand new, state-of-the-art flat screen TV. It’s beautifully designed.
Then I hear my mum’s words echo in my head, ‘Be grateful for what you have because there’s always someone else worse off than yourself.’ Of course, she would know, being a foster parent, having looked after 145 children of all creeds and disabilities for more than 45 years with my dad. They’re amazing people.
This is the thing that inspires me – people who not only have extraordinary talents and ideas, but those who successfully use and implement them, too. In turn, inspiring other people to have ideas, encouraging creativity in all walks of life.
For example, take Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, Jean Oelwang and the team at Virgin Unite. They’re very talented, high-profile people who are working hard on their idea – The Elders.
It’s an independent group of 12 world-renowned figures led by Mandela that includes Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, among others. They are collaborating to tackle, with great spirit, commitment and conviction, serious issues that affect millions of people around the world, such as human rights, disease, conflict and climate change. Their aim is to create positive social change by connecting enlightened thinking with grass-roots initiatives, though new technology.
Anyway, nice telly. Now I get to see the news in style – and a lot more clarity.