Guiding Light Poem

>>  Wednesday, February 22, 2017



            When you first come into Guiding
You will feel a spark ignite
And from then on it’s up to you
To grow your Guiding Light

If you are a Happy Rainbow
Your Guiding Light will glow
And each time you’re kind and helpful
Your light will grow and grow

If you’re a friendly Brownie
Doing Good Turns every day
Your Guiding Light will brighten....
All you do, in every way

If you’re a helpful Guide
Keeping every Girl Guide Law
Your Guiding Light will grow much stronger
And support you more and more

If you reach the Senior Section
Looking Wider every day
Your Guiding Light will guide you
As you journey on your way

If you are now a Leader
Then your Guiding Light will be
The light you shine on others
To share the vision that you see

You shine it bright for Rainbows
To find their Pot of Gold
You shine it bright for Brownies
Adventures to unfold

You shine it bright for Guides
To ‘Go For It ‘and grow
You shine it bright for Senior Section
To guide them to and fro

You shine it bright for other Leaders
To kindle friendships old and new                                                 
And you shine it bright just for yourself
To show your Guiding’s true

Now last of all the Trefoil Guild
The ones who Guide forever
They shine their light for everyone
They volunteer together

But they no longer hold a candle
For they’re just in it for the ‘Lark’
And they’ve been Guiding for so long
That they just ‘Glow in the Dark’

© Chris Daniels, South Bedfordshire Guide Leader - with permission to reproduce from Facebook January 2016    Written for Centenary Celebrations in 2010


But those were foreign children so it didnt really matter

>>  Sunday, February 19, 2017

Many years ago I mentioned we do Dr Seuss is our house.

Dr Seuss isn't just about children's easy readers.  In each story he gives a clear and concise message.  Whether it is about differing perspectives 500 hats of Barthomew Cubbins, vanity Gertrude McFuzz, appreciation Solla Sollew, racism Sneetches.  There is quite often an underlying positive message that remind us all about how great we are, the fantastic things we can achieve and taking the opportunities to do them.

But he was also a political cartoonist.  He won a Pulitzer for his anti-fascist cartoons of the 1940's.  His cartoons railed against racism and anti-Semitism

Pushing America to support the war and against isolationism.

Trump is again isolating America.  The troubles are not currently the same in Europe but the hallmarks are all there for a crisis, when Europe finally turns fully against the refugees still pouring in,  when all the gates close and people run out of sympathy.

Britain never really had any sympathy for the recent refugees pouring into Europe, Germany is on the turn, Greece will not be able to afford to continue at the rate it currently is. And America is closed.

The next generation will ask us "how could you have stood by and watch such suffering", I'm not sure I will know how to answer.

I'm not sure I know how to even begin to make a difference any more, but I do know:

"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

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