Tuesday, February 03, 2009

[cunning plan] and winnie the pooh

Winnie the Pooh, whom I resemble in many ways, spoke of his “cunning plan” and why should I be any different?

At this moment, a BT line and therefore an internet connection, are four weeks down the track. For now, the alternative is to use the library in a nearby town [not the best but better than nothing] and occasionally to ride a few kilometres across to where my friend lives [laptop in my backpack and cricked back allowing] to check emails, check post comments, post articles and to visit.

One thing this enforced austerity teaches you is the principle of delayed gratification, a principle I should have thought was an admirable one in this era of envy and avarice and these days of contraction of the household budget.

To those who care and with apologies to a different Winnie, this is not the end nor even the beginning of the end [hand crosses to his heart]:

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Remember, courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others.

We will fight this pernicious enemy, this economic depression, on the beaches, on the landing fields …”


  1. Yes the trick is to set short term goals along the way. They are more quickly achievable and which spurs you on to your next goal. It is all part of the journey!

    I know you will get there xx

  2. I should buy a volume of WC's speeches. So much wisdom and eloquence.

  3. One of my old teachers used to say "treat success & failure in the same way and you will never go far wrong"

    I think that was a churchill quote


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