The lessons have been stark, which is why we have not been able to move on from the recession.
#1. It is futile and Impossible to rely on any one/system/corporation/political party/ profession/ police. Never assume.
#2. The people who write the copy/mission statements/advertisements have nothing to do with the decision makers who run the countries/businesses/make the products. Don't be taken in.
#3.Despite thinking we are independent decision makers, we are constantly being manipulated and groomed.
#4. We live with information overload, which enables the gross exploitation of the small print of ‘terms and conditions’.
#5. Anxiety, Depression, Collapse of our auto immune systems, drug and alcohol dependency, Burn out have all increased.Wonder why? Is Opt out the only alternative?
#6. Personal happiness comes from appreciating and enjoying the small pleasures of life. Take the time. They are there.
#7. Taking the time and effort to help others, in a kind and useful way, makes the world a better place for us all.No-one will thank you, but that is ok.
#8. Half an hour, out in the fresh air is better than 1 hour in a gym.
#9. Eating healthy food is worth paying for and spending the time preparing it calms the soul.
#10. The false idols of celebrity, fame, wealth , appearance have been shown to be hollow. . Future generations will laugh at the cosmetic surgery, shoes, banal platitudes, celebrity tv shows and life styles which were held up to us as something to strive for.And we did not laugh.
# Laughter is probably our best defence and most effective weapon.
This is an extra one, given the time of the year.