Tuesday, 20 July 2010

O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us

To see oursels as others see us

No I have not succumbed to the typos and mispellings that characterise my written style, this is Rabbie Burns, writing it as it sounds –

O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An' foolish notion
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us
An' ev'n Devotion

This may be translated into Standard English as –

Oh, that God would give us the very smallest of gifts
To be able to see ourselves as others see us
It would save us from many mistakes
and foolish thoughts
We would change the way we look and gesture
and to how and what we apply our time and attention.

And here are some thoughts about Conductive World found on Facebook

...@PacesCEO offers some optimistic blogging to balance out writings of Andrew Sutton... Andrew Sutton, the conductor who runs the blog, Conductive World... Andrew Sutton doesn't rant and rave in this latest post. He actually found some useful information and shares it here... This blog by Andrew Sutton is sometimes all over the map. You sense a certain amount of frustration sometimes...

Oh well, that's me to a T (except that I am not a conductor, heavens forefend!).  I do admit it, though, I am a miserable old git. I wonder why. I was not ever thus, something must have changed me.

So come on folks, accept ACDAT's challenge. Balance things out! Let's have some really good news. Let's have lots of it!

(And by the way, ACDAT, your Fb. page has been going quite some time now, long enough to follow up on what has happened to some earlier, optimistically reported ventures...)

1 comment:

  1. Hello Andrew. Just seen this. Still over in North Carolina - lazing days away.

    How others see us? During the long wrestling match that was the negotiation to secure a decent lease for Paces Campus, I was once described by the Council negotiator as "The single most difficult person I have ever dealt with in all my years in this job"!

    And as for being "optimistic", that's obviously because (so I am told) I am a "dreamer" - to which your frank and honest realism is clearly a much valued antidote.