Yes but No but Yes but (27 July 2012)

"So I hear the London Olympics are starting today, and you live nearby; that must be really exciting?!" Yes, but....... the tube is a mess, they've resequenced the traffic lights even here in Walthamstow, tourists everywhere, too hot, opening ceremony late just for American TV viewers, corporate sponsorship gone mad, missiles on peoples' flats, Zil lanes, ticket prices, "under budget" but only the latest budget, who needs largest McDonalds in the world, democracy sidelined......

"So I hear the London Olympics are starting today, and you live nearby; that must be really exciting?!" Yes, and...... the volunteers are marvellous, the weather has finally picked up, it is great to see so many overseas guests in London, there is a carnival atmosphere, what a chance to see some amazing athletes in action, makes me proud......

What is the difference in responses? Which one do you most find yourself using in your day to day life? If it is the former, as per Vicky Pollard in the comedy sketch show Little Britain - yes but no but yes - then try the second way, and watch how people react, and how you feel. Hopefully: you feel good and they feel good! We can, and do, very easily see the downside, the glass half empty. Try consciously to see the half-full glass full (or even totally full): and live a longer, less stressed life.

Pictured is David Hemery, the first "Team GB" Gold Medal winner who impacted on my childhood in 1968 in Mexico. Let the Games begin - enjoy!

all the best

Graham

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