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Time Shift

BY ANDREW SOUTHWOOD

T

his year marks the centenary of one of the more quirky dates in our diaries. ‘Daylight saving’ was introduced on our shores back in 1916 following its success in Germany and Hungry as a novel tactic to save money and improve productivity during the war. It’s had a few blips and controversies along the way, but is now a firm part of British culture. Do you remember when the clocks’ changing was fun? “Oooh – an extra hour in bed tonight!” or “I’m still going to get up at 9am even though it will technically be 10am. Ha ha!”. These are the sort of phrases that make you laugh out loud (or slap them in the face, depending on your mood) once you are blessed with children of your own. In the autumn, that ‘extra hour’ is more hassle than I could have possibly imagined. For the last couple of years

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I have sneakily adjusted the clocks upstairs by just half an hour on the first night, then move them back another 30 mins the following night. This is enough to trick my two older kids into staying in bed for the extra 30 mins without getting fidgety. The move to BST in the spring is even tougher. I mean, suddenly it’s bright daylight at 7pm, so clearly that’s not bedtime now? Yes? Err… well, no. Here black out blinds, doubled with lined curtains, are worth their substantial weight in gold. The staggered time shift method can also be effectively employed. At just under 2 years old, our youngest doesn’t seem to have grasped the reasons for the change from GMT to BST either. I tried explaining to her the statistical studies regarding road safety issues and benefits for the economy behind having long sunny

evenings… but I think I lost her at the Seasonal Affective Disorder part. Really, what I’m saying is, for millions of us, the clocks change is more about how you can amuse a baby/toddler for an extra hour at silly o’clock, or how you persuade your kids to go to sleep when the sun is still shining. Actually gaining or losing an hours sleep yourself has absolutely nothing to do with it. After all, when you are awake 4 or 5 times a night, every night, dealing with young kids, then frankly an hour either way doesn’t even register on the scale. However, having said all that, those long sunny evenings cannot come soon enough for me. It opens up a whole new window in terms of timescales for getting those outdoor jobs done. Oh, and of course for socialising merrily in beer gardens and all those sort of things I am lead to believe young people still do.


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Let courage

be your anthem!

A quote I recently read on social media said ‘courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear’. That is easier said than done I thought to myself, because fear so often creeps into my thought patterns without making any sort of flashy announcement notifying me of its impending arrival. How charming fear is! I find myself with all sorts of mountains to climb, obstacles to navigate and jobs to do with my mind clouded with fear fuelled thoughts. Can I really do this? What if I fail? This past weekend I was tasked

bin disguised as paper planes. I had

with writing and performing a short

started off well, I said yes to something

comedy play for a friend of mine at a

new, something I’d never done before

conference entitled ‘Let courage be

and I stepped out in courage but

your anthem’. About 6 months prior,

then one day I realised I was far from

my friend approached me and said “I

succeeding due to a fear of failing.

really need you to gather a cast and

With little over 2 months to go I was

write an original short play on the

stationary, having not written much

theme of courage, about 20 minutes

and with a bucket load of excuses

in total and it needs to be really funny.”

on the tip of my tongue to get me

My heart felt honoured, my mind

out of the commitment I’d made to

thought ‘I’m petrified, not on your nelly’

my friend. Thankfully I never actually

but my mouth said “Sure, I’d love to!”

verbalised those excuses, I made a

Ever been in that situation? Finding

decision to knuckle down, gather the

yourself saying yes to something then

team and write. I am pleased to report

immediately regretting it?

the script got written, was performed

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to a conference of 200+ individuals and was well received - they laughed in all the right places! Phew. I made the


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decision in my mind to favour courage

script writing opportunity and I ended

over fear and it felt good.

up having great fun, I accomplished

Life requires courage, sometimes it may be in the trivial day to day

something I never thought I could. The power of courage.

opportunities that life presents, (a bit

This month I encourage you to let

like my script writing opportunity) and

courage be your life’s anthem, say yes

sometimes it may be in and through

to a few things that initially scare you at

the life changing circumstances we

the thought of it and see what happens.

all face like starting a family, buying

The truth is, fear keeps us stationary,

a house, changing jobs, facing

in the place of victim whereas courage

bereavement or unforeseen illness or

kick starts momentum moving us to a

financial pressure. Life is meant to be a

place of overcomer. A quote by Albert

beautiful adventure, one to be enjoyed

Einstein sums it up perfectly “A ship is

in all its fullness. My experiences in life

perfectly safe at shore, but that is not

have made me realise that fear has a

what it’s designed for”. Happy sailing

dirty habit of keeping us in one place

and sing loudly the anthem of courage

gathering dust, ineffective and only

into your situations.

experiencing a fraction of the beauty. I stepped out in courage when I took the

Lizi Long

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