The Optimist and the Pessimist

This is the story of one day
in the lives of Mr. Optimist and Mr. Pessimist
They both experience the same events,
have the same job and play the same sport
but their feelings and thoughts
make one an optimist and
the other a pessimist.
For example:- Mr. O. wakes up in the morning
and thinks “Another great day”.
Whereas Mr. P. pulls the covers over his head
and thinks “Just ten more minutes.”
In work Mr. O. feels lucky
to have a good job with prospects
while Mr. P. would rather be at home
“It’s a dead end job anyway.”
Mr. O. plays sport expecting to win
but Mr. P. expects a bad shot very time
Mr. P. greets his future wife with thoughts of
“Ball and chain”
Mr. O. thinks “Bed!”
Mr. O. sees a future full of idyllic summer days
barbecuing in the garden
Mr. P. sees coming home to
seven screaming children and
a wife worn out by housework
Mr. O. walks his fiancee to her flat thinking
“Tonight is my lucky night.”
Mr. P. is sure there is no chance
so he walks his fiancee to her bus stop.

Mr. O.’s last thought before sleep is
“Life really is great”
Mr. P.’s last thought is
“Life really is a bore”

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Unfinished Sculpture black

I have used a total of 478 female forms to illustrate
how I imagine a sculptor might sculpt a woman
There might be three direct influences
– Material
– A Model
– Experience
Firstly – Material – Stone would behave differently when shaped than wood or clay or any other material It is Represented here by the smallest solid figures at the unfinished base of this sculpture
Secondly – The Model – Represented here by the largest figure – shaded – because Her shape would greatly influence the work
Thirdly – Experience – In the sculptor’s mind would be a memory of every female shape he has ever seen Represented here by the background of outlined figures which become solid
when they form part of the Unfinished Sculpture

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2001
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The Human Race

    This drawing represents the race in which
we are all entered the day we are born.
The race is to attain social status and
possessions – success
is measured in money.
Different people race at different speeds
with different goals.
It begins before we are born.
We can be and are examined and
measured even before we are born.
Our arrival is too late to discover our sex!
When we are born they weigh and
measure us and then the race is on……..
“My baby walked at 10 months”
“Mine did at 9 months”
From now on we are urged to be bigger,
better  and faster.
A babywalker, slide, swing,
roller skates and bike give us more speed.
Our clothes are bought two sizes too big
We are tested in school
points equal further education
Childhood is shortened if
we are good at sports
rewards are enormous
if we are successful
Houses and moneybags represent
status and possessions
Bigger house, faster car, more money
Dropouts are forced to take part
to survive
Sometimes come up against a brick wall.
The people spanning the gap
represent help – counselling –
further education or financial
The annual holiday, hospital
or external forces
represented here by rain and snow
can make us slow down
some slip or are stepped on by others
some break the law.
Though not all in prison are guilty
Some want to slow down aeging
appearing as “Mutton dressed as lamb”
Retirement, early or late,
is the official Finish.
Only then do we allow ourselves time
to do all the things
we always wanted to do
supported by our wealth,
our families or the state
We have time to talk, to read, to paint
or spend in the garden
time for everything
and anything – As we reach the last lap
we move quite slowly
hopefully with time to do all those things
and hopefully to move onto
whatever we expect to find
when our race is finally run………….

 

 

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The Apartments – behind closed doors

Landmark memories fill our lives
like birthdays, growing up,
moving out, getting married,
starting a family and then building
a comfortable Lifestyle for ourselves
in this apartment block we can view
bits of Life being lived
through each window we see
small snippets of how some people
live their private lives
Some good times and
Some bad times
Big troubles and small trials
As we look behind closed doors
Major dilemma and great happiness
separated by only by a single wall

 

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Road to success

The road to success may be paved
with right turns and wrong turns
a selection of detours, copious diversions
along with several dead ends,
it probably has a sprinkling of U-turns
and miles and miles and miles
and miles of effort
So that when you finally reach your goal,
when you eventually achieve your aim
when you are sucessfully adjudged to be
“the best of the best”
Then that success,
like the journey can be very sweet

 

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it’s never too late

We are all different – You are unique
there will only ever only be one of You
So make sure you live your life to the full
It is never too late to try
Yesterdays actions are history
you can not change them
you may have to contend
with their consequences but remember
you can change your mind…………….
You can still reach for your dreams!
Give yourself every chance – Make use of your assets
Reach out with your soul
Follow your heart and go with your gut
and if you don’t manage to reach the North Pole,
ride on an elephant or own an airline
at least you will have no regrets
Life is a journey – we all have One ticket
………let’s enjoy the ride!

 

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The Key Featured

The Key      .
It may be just
somewhere that you hang your hat
It may be your lifes’ dream
It may be where your heart is
It may even be your castle
To you it may mean privacy
To you it may mean peace of mind
Your space to unwind – Your space to develop
Your space to be yourself
A key is not alive – it can not love you
But the Key to where you live
Is probably the single most important possession
that your soul will ever own.

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Cause and effect

Reward without effort is called Luck
Reward after effort is called Success
The greater the effort
The sweeter the success!
Luck is great but
Success is totally amazing !!!!
So if you have tasted success – well done,
Congratulations you really do deserve it!
But beware – it can make you want more!

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Good luck in your new job

Promotion! – A complete change! –
A real challenge! – or
The chance of a lifetime job!
When the time comes to leave
the old – safe – friendly surroundings behind
To take that irreversible step
into the unknown………….
We all need a little luck – so………
Good luck in your new job!

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Trusting

When you find yourself
in a difficult situation
it is nice to have
someone you can depend on

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Thank you

Whether he sells you a newspaper
or saves your life
Whether he gives you a lift
or builds your dog a house
.

Whether she rescues you from despair
or bakes you a cake
Whether she lends you an ear
or lends you a hand

Whether they housesit your home
or deliver your post
Whether they give of their time
or give of their table

Whether you answer the call
or send the letter
Whether you help to shift it
or help to reach it

Whether we support, catch, raise, fix or produce
For two short words they sure say a lot!!!

 

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