The Grateful.

Are we really grateful for what we have now. Open your eyes and see your Daughter smiling happy, healthy full of love.

When there a child before life removes there innocence. There not affraid to cry, show there feelings, not affraid to be weak.

You turn your head on your pillow and see the man, women, that you love. The Cat or Dog that greets you full of love and asks nothing in return just to be loved back.

You breath fresh air into your body, and turn a silver object with clean fresh water into a clean glass and drink as much as you want.

The cupboard door opens its jam packed with all sorts of food to eat, the fridge has fresh milk in, butter and eggs. You have fresh orange juice, fresh apples and bananas.

Bread made that day, flick the switch to get water to boil add to your lovely clean cup with hot tea or coffee. Your spoilt for choice what flavour to have.

You know the time of day instantly by your watch, mobile, TV, laptop. Your fed up because it’s raining and you want to go for a walk on your own or with the dog.

You look at your mobile and tap an icon and your heating comes on, but you get annoyed at a object because it won’t respond to command to turn your lights on and off.

The laptop is slow to load, the signal on the Satalite drops. No Loose Women, Doctors, Good Morning Britian. The PlayStation stops working.

Your fed up because eBay, Amazon or Tesco have let you down with a delivery. The clothes fill the wardrobe all colours and designs. Branded costing a pretty penny.

You pick up the latest hairdryer with the latest technology, not the towel that used to move from side to side as your mum pulled frantically to get it dry.

Your shower is in your bedroom lovely and clean with hot running water all soaps and shampoo to use, music plays and you sing Always on my mind.

Soft towel smelling of roses or any fragrance you want. Rubbing cream into your skin that you have been told will make your ageing Natural lines in your face disappear, costing a fortune.

The bits on the stairs get you down because you are obsessed with your house, being emmaculate.

The latest hoover comes out with no more wire to plug in to the wall. You can go anywhere with it, it runs for ages.

The TV in the living room, kitchen, bedroom all on 40 inch slim HD quality. The voice informs you can’t go out shopping today for something that’s not essential.

We can’t meet for the meal at weekend, or a drink with your mate or friend you see every week. The New Car won’t arrive by Kazoo where you don’t even have to leave your armchair to get a New Car delivered to your Drive

It’s 9 AM.

Your Man and Daughter walk in the living room and sit either side of you and you embrace I Love You. Shall we just sit here for a Minute and be Grateful that we have each other, we are all healthy with no Real Worries

The Reality

The air you breath in is in a old building with no windows, rubbish covers the floor, rats move between you. The Doorway let’s the cold January rain soak your Carboard box as your bed.

You see your little dog next to you, that has no food, it’s not his fault but he licks you to show his affection. You have lost everything in life. The World has no time for you because there all busy trying to better each other.

Values are no more, basic respect for each other has no more place in our society. Greed has ruined or once simple world, we show images of a Hedgehog and Polar Bear to our children, they sit along side the Mountain Gorilla and magnificent striped Tiger.

Look my child it wasn’t long ago these creatures that were here long before us were hunted or killed medicine, cosmetic or medical needs. Ceased to exist as their natural food source was distroyed.

You wake up open your eyes to the sun rise, pick the dirty plastic container up and start to walk 5 mile or more to get contaminated water to drink, bring it back by midday for your child to drink.

You dig for an hour to find a Root that holds Protein that is your meal for the day to share. There is no sound of laughter, no smiles of joy.

You open your eyes and the man in the street lies on the ground, he didn’t make it across the road to where his wife and child sat waiting. Gunned down by men listening to another Maniac leader.

You open your eyes and look down at the wheelchair, that is now your mobility, your child stops school to look after you. Money is short so no milk or bread today. The van turns up to remove the TV laptops, phones, Bluetooth speakers, every thing you saved up for has gone, slowly the cupboards and fridge are bare.

Your Man goes to the Soup Kitchen to get what he can for you and your child. The car gets repossessed and finally your house the place you bought with hard earned cash and made into a loving home.

You make it to a shelter with your family finding a place to rest. You say come close let me tell you something. I Love You and I am grateful we have each other.

When you open your eyes, take a min or two and think what you have in your life. Then ask the question.

If I lost everything today but still had my Wife Husband and Daughter.

I Would Be Grateful just to have them because I have the best start in life again and we would make it because of our love for each other is stronger than any Busy World that doesn’t really Care about you.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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