13 June 2016

Taking time out to switch off is an important part of developing, it’s essential to help us see what’s important.

Stay focussed on your path

Taking time out is essential

We all need rest as part of our winning formula and I find there is no place quite like the mountains of Wales to find my true spirit and while away precious hours reflecting on how lucky I am.

However, today, there is so much going on in the world, my mind can’t help but wander and I wonder if the generations after me will be so lucky.

Watching the mindless violence and racism of the riots in Marseille was bad enough. Then news broke of the mass shooting in America. Just when it seems we are finally making some progress, with marriage equality for example, a homophobic terrorist attack – the worst in modern America’s history – shakes us to our core.

Scarily, the attack has been ‘claimed’ by ISIS. Unsurprisingly, questions are being raised about gun laws. How exactly was this man known to and being investigated by the FBI able to buy weapons legally? It’s astonishing and terrifying. Those poor families.

I have to wonder what the future holds. If Trump becomes president will there be any change in gun laws? Will shootings become even more commonplace? It just doesn’t make sense for a world-leading country to still have such archaic gun laws. America sets an example, in many ways, as a modern western country, to the rest of the world.

As I’ve mentioned over the past few days, my new baby daughter arrived last week and with a weekend of news like this it is hard not to wonder what kind of world we’re leaving for our children.

It’s easy, and natural, to become disheartened when the news is so awful. However, I believe that it’s also our responsibility to find the good in the world. As I have said before, I believe that we should switch our focus away from the shooter. For that one gunman taking lives, there were hundreds of people helping save lives – in the hospitals, in fire engines, in the club itself. Hundreds of people trying to right a wrong.

Whilst there’s little we can do about events or laws across the Atlantic, other than offer support and make our voices heard. What I do know is that it is up to us to make our world the best it can be for our children; whether that’s by focussing on the community around us, on protecting the environment or by building strong businesses to help hold up the economy for years to come.

As I head home for a cuddle with my four girls, I am reminded of how precious life is, how lucky we are and how important it is to focus on the right in the world, on how we can help promote change and how we can make an amazing place for these young people to grow up. Are you with me?

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