As we’ve recently gone through a general election and two referendums, it is interesting to see the changes that are happening in the country. We certainly are getting more diversity in parliament which reflects the nature of New Zealand’s population so it will be interesting to see what happens in the future. While Labour and the Greens have worked out a deal, one cannot help but think that because Labour has a majority, how much influence the Greens will have. I guess we just have to wait and see what transpires over the next 3 years.
As far as the End of life choice bill referendums is concerned, I wonder how many people actually like the idea of being able to make a choice but do not fully understand what it is for the health professionals who have to apply this law. While I believe the actual number of people who chose this option, when it comes to actually making a choice, few people will take it up. However, my thoughts go to the health professionals who have devoted their career to saving lives, to be put in a position of now having to actively facilitate a person’s death.
As far as the Cannabis referendum went, I wonder that by not voting for Cannibas reform what the effects of this will be? I guess it’s just another wait and see isn’t it.
However, one thing I am grateful that for is that we truly live in a democracy where we have sensible and sane leaders at the top. When we look at the debacle that has been going on in the US, I am so pleased that we do not have any of that nonsense here. I find it so amazing that people can actually vote for someone like Donald Trump who is so full of his own importance, makes up lies, contradicts himself, and tweets so many untruths that people actually revere him. It makes me wonder at the psyche of some people. I’m sure the fireworks are not over there yet. He’s like a screaming child, screaming and stamping his feet because he has been told to do something.
So today, I am writing a list of what I am grateful for
- That we truly live in a democracy where all people can have their say without violence
- That on the most part, our politicians are honest
- That we have a really stable country
- That sense prevailed and we opted for short term pain for long term gain with Covid-19
- Majority of New Zealanders are sensible and consider others
- That we all have freedom
What are you grateful for and what are the benefits of being grateful:
Now we are not perfect by any means, but who is and what is perfect anyway. However, if we compare ourselves with other countries, we are pretty lucky. I can see why we are so attractive for people to want to live here. So if you don’t think being grateful has a positive effect on you and your health, then listen to the research on this in this clip: