This months blog has taken on a slightly different format. I’ve written a little ode which I hope you enjoy. It does have a point which I'll get to later. The Fake Psychic Three years ago At a village fair A Psychic called out Hey you “beware” Me? I said Why what’s in store Sit down she said I’ll tell you more An hour passed A tenner I paid What a story She conveyed I left her tent Not a minute too soon OH MY GOD What a loon! I found my man To tell my tale I wanted to share All the detail Jamie I said The psychic's a fruit I have to say I’ve had a real hoot A virus will come And the world will stop From China she said A bat in a shop From bat to human The virus will form And spread really quickly With no time to warn It’ll have a name After a Mexican beer And it’s going to be Very severe The pubs will close The shops will shut All sport will cease And no haircut The Psychic said We’d be locked at home Like being in jail We can only phone All travel will stop All borders secure She was totally convinced There’d be no cure A jab we’ll have To help a bit And then a second For another hit And after two We’ll have another And we’ll still get the virus It’s a real mother… We’ll work from home No office banter No Christmas party No secret Santa The schools will close Kids learn on-line While parents drink Gallons of wine We’ll count the cases Every day And run a spreadsheet With a numbers display And when we think It’s all in hand It’ll come right back Under a different brand What’s you view? I asked my man The same as you A bloody scam We sat and laughed And laughed some more This story was funnier Than we’d heard before But who's laughing now Three years on "Corona", is here She wasn't wrong I'd heard on the street A bet she did make That the world would stop That Psychic's no fake! With my tenner too!! Most of us would have judged this fictional Psychic as a bit of a loon, especially given her ridiculous story. But, if we’d believed it, we could’ve cashed in; I reckon the bookies would have given us at least 100/1 on a story like that 3 years ago 😊 Moving on from the funny side, I’ve been judged on decisions I've made in the past and it’s taught me a very valuable lesson – never judge anyone, you may think you understand but you never truly know the whole story. It’s easy to judge people and expecially those who live with chronic pain. For me, the winter months are much more difficult as the level of pain increases with the damp and cold. There are many folk who put up with much more pain that I do too and when people are unhappy and depressed due to their health condition, they are often judged for being moody. Depression often comes along with a chronic illness and can also be caused by medications. People need help and support with this, not judgement. At the other end of the scale, when people are smiling and trying to stay positive like I do, it’s sometimes suggested that there’s nothing wrong with them. “They obviously don’t have pain if they can smile”. In St Agnes here in Cornwall there’s a saying made famous by an Aggie legend and it continues to be used throughout the village every day– IT’S NICE TO BE NICE (and it really is). Until next time, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year. Don’t make any new year resolutions, they’re a waste of time, especially DRY JANUARY!