100 Days Of Awe: Day Sixty One – To The Polls

Day 61: To The Polls

IMAG4670Polling Station at St Francis Church of England Church, Dalgarno, London, UK

My voting ward has been reconfigured and I have a new polling station, instead of the Dalgarno Community Centre it is the local Church of England church of Saint Francis.  This made me smile when I received my voting card; in Ireland, my home country there is so much uproar about the interference of the church in state affairs I just could not imagine the reaction – not to mind the reality – of a proposal to use a sacred Catholic Church as a place to host polling for secular, read heathen, state affairs.   This was my outing today voting after an administrative side trip to my doctor’s.

Wild Bill Hickok was rallying his steers in the sky as I prepared for my 2.30 Doctor’s appointment, I managed to outrun the big fat rain drops and was grateful for the delay at the Doctor’s while this tantrum raged outside.   The sun was shining as if nothing had happened when I saddled my trusty steed and headed up to St. Francis’ church, in the freshness of the light and the pinkness of the paint this could have been an adobe walled chapel in the wild west on a lazy Sante Fe afternoon. This lovely idea was taken further when I discovered that in 1998 after the church was closed due to declining numbers ‘the Bishop approached Rev Justin Terry from St Helen’s Church, North Kensington to undertake mission to the Dalgarno Estate and try to restart the church‘.  Can’t you just see it – padres heading out in their somberos, flapping cassocks in the wind, spurring on their horses with the silver spurs of divine calling.  St Helen’s Church is all of a 10 minute walk at a stretch from St. Francis. I can but dream.

I realised as I picked up my papers I had no idea who to vote for.  I was here doing my duty by my suffragette ancestors who fought for this right, the right for me to vote to have my say.  I choose to ignore that part of my that feels I have not done enough research or paid enough attention to the electoneering campaigns and that is, in hindsight, a little guilty for recycling the various pamplets and leaflets that have come through the door.  No one seems to bother knocking the 40 flats at Coronation Court so I have no idea about the individuals standing for election.  I like to think that anyone who steps into the field of politics feels called on some level and even if misguided is willing to stand and speak for something that they believe is greater than themselves.  My choice to look at what the candidates are standing for.  When it came to the local elections Labour was calling me but looking at the European paper it was Green that was jumping out.  Sadly there weren’t any Green party candidates for the local elections but I was a little surprised; I am not usually quite so alternative, am I become more of a tree hugger or are the Greens perhaps become more practical and pragmatic?  My urge to recycle and compost is telling but I do think that the gap between the dreams and idealism of Green party politics, and the reality that people want to live in is being closed.  This is partly to do my knowledge of Grace O’Sullivan, standing for the European elections in Ireland.  Grace was with the Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior when it was sunk in Auckland by French Intelligence on my birthday in 1985 and she has campaigned for local environment since she returned to live in Tramore, Co. Waterford.  I see her committed to practical action and ongoing learning.  When she was asked to stand her response was ‘No, I couldn’t do it. Thank you but I’d have to compromise my principles too much.”  I would have voted for Grace if I was in Ireland.  Fingers crossed for the results.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

100 Days Of Awe: Day Fifty Five – My Trusty Steed

Day 55: My Trusty SteedIMAG4586 In 1993 I came back from gallivanting around the world determined to be self-employed.  I got an IT training contract in Wimbledon (south west London) but I was living at the time in Hornsey Rise (North London).  My investment into my self employed status was to attend a number of the courses free of charge and then co-train before I could step out and earn a living from delivering them.  For a number of months I had to be creative about money, I worked in Camden Market at the weekend selling aromaptherapy oils and incense sticks and I made an investment in my Diamond Back companion to minimise my transport costs.  I remember determinedly cycling across London dodging articulated lorries and braving inclement Summer weather during the leanest times but as soon as I my earnings regularised I was back on public transport and eventually purchased a car.

My bike, however remained a part of my life.  Although it was infrequently used it has been by my side for over twenty years; in fact I feel a coming of age is due sometime soon.  Strictly speaking it is not the same bike I bought way back in 1993, I learnt to my chagrin that any part of the bike not locked up was a temptation to passing opportunists.  At some point I lost both the front and back wheels and two saddles before I permanently padlocked it to the bike frame.

Diamond Back was kept under shelter and in cosy indoor hibernation during the Winter months until I moved into the first (and only) flat I have owned in 1996.  Since then s/he has endured outdoor living without even a decent saddle cover though recycling plastic bags does feel quite worthy.  Until 3 years ago, when I forfeited my car, the routine was a bit of TLC every Spring and gentle Summer usage in the neighbourhood but now we have moved into year round usage.  Venturing to the edges of the Borough and even on occasion across the River, rarely a day goes by when I am not off to Portobello Market or popping down to yoga or pilates and even when I am using public transport I will hop on my bike to expedite the 15 minute walk to the Tube station.  Since I have started my 100 Days Of Awe project travelling around on my trusty steed has given me the pleasure of being able to observing and stop to capture the smallest of details like Micro Magic.  It is indeed time to honour my trusty steed with gratitude for 21 years of unstinting service.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo iPHone app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.