Sara Cox sits in
Sara sits in for Chris and catches up with Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke on all the latest ballroom shenanigans from the weekend. Plus there's the Half Wower!
Sara sits in for Chris and catches up with Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke on all the latest ballroom shenanigans from the weekend and we find out who he's tipping for the final. We hear from three early morning achievers including Kirsten who's starting a new job and packed a special lunch of tuna pasta bake! Plus there's thirty minutes of back-to-back musical bangers in the Half Wower including Mark Morrison, Rihanna and Journey! Karthi Gnanasegaram is joined in the Sports Locker by British Timbersports athlete Glen Penlington and Monday's Pause For Thought comes from Father Brian D'Arcy.
Pause For Thought
From Father Brian D’Arcy, a Catholic Passionist priest:
I’m at an age now where I’m content to let the world turn by itself - I don’t have to push it anymore. Furthermore, I’m really grateful I was born in this era. It’s such a good time to live in. Yet I’m aware how lucky I am because there are many who can’t cope with the pressures of modern life.
The psychiatrist Eckhart Tolle says stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’. Everyone agrees now that too much stress can be a killer.
That’s why I admire the young Royals for speaking about the need to have someone to share your fears and troubles with. Prince William has been remarkably honest: “When you talk about something you have less reason to fear it,” he said “And …you are more likely to ask for help.”
Personally, I’m more susceptible to guilt than stress. For example I feel guilty having a comfortable life when so many homeless people are in dire need. I deal with guilt by helping organisations who work with the poor. In the past I joined them on the streets on winter nights.
However, I learned a salutary lesson one freezing night when a young homeless man told me that it would be far more helpful to him if I’d stay at home and instead use my influence to change the rotten system which keeps the poor downtrodden.
He told me that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Homelessness changed everything for him. He discovered that when he could no longer change his circumstances, he had to change his attitude. That’s true for us all. The meaning of life is to give life meaning.
The philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche had a similar view: “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how,” he wrote. In other words if you have a reason to live, you’ll discover a way to do it.
For me, sports coach John Wooden, had the best advice of all. ‘Be true to yourself. Help others. Cherish friends. Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.’