“Why on my 6th and 7th birthday I coldn’t have a party, and you were?” That question was asked by 7-year-old Isobel in a letter she wrote to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Her letter was sparked by the revelations of sixteen social gatherings held at the PM’s Downing Street residence while the country was under lockdown.

If I was Isobel, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for an apology. It seems the way of the world, those who expect the most out of people, expect the least out of themselves.

When the blackface pictures of our Prime Minister surfaced, people weren’t upset because Justin did dumb things when he was young. We all do dumb things when we are young. It was that he wouldn’t have tolerated the same behaviour in friend or foe.

The “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy frustrates children when they hear it from adults, and it frustrates we peons when we hear it from politicians.

And while parents may justify it with, “But, I’m an adult and my children are . . . children.” For politicians, it’s that they think they are special and the rest of us aren’t.

Let’s be careful that the behaviour we expect of others is evidenced in our lives.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

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