Our changing horizons

Dear Sir,

Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited by Margaret Croke to attend her packed meeting in Clonmel Park Hotel for people with disability (PWD).

It reminded me how we can, with love, care and hard work make a big difference in many people’s lives at times of crisis. Principles that today would be also important in other areas of life.

The financial crisis has thrown many people’s lives into turmoil through no fault of their own. Loss of esteem, worry, lack of sleep, loss of appetite. If this goes on unchecked, it can lead to depression and ill health. Just like a broken leg or hip, another kind of disability.

Instead of standing like rabbits dazed by headlights, we should quickly roll up our sleeves “get on our bikes” and help each other where possible. Sometimes you can’t make it on your own. This is not about “Mercs and perks”. It is about something much more important. It is about hope. Real genuine hope.

In life, sport, love or business etc., if your back is up against the wall and you turn it around into a positive situation, it lifts you up. You want more. It can be addictive.

I found the same in Germany where I was employed for many years to buy, sell and organize hundreds of tons on a regular basis. My boss there often said “Wenn es leicht wäre, wurde jeder dass machen können” “ If it would be easy, everyone would be doing it”. This also required a few thousand hours of sometimes painful study of German and EEC legislation with an understanding wife until it became almost like an enjoyable hobby. This helped me win most business battles until it got too hectic for any fanily life and I decided , against my employer’s wishes, to return to an insignificant small farm with all its imperfections.

Many of my former colleagues are now unfortunately dead. Difficult to draw a proper life balance but worth it.

If a younger simple fella from a small farm could do it with good backup, then so could anyone. As I head towards the greyheaded stage of life, I would like to pass the baton on in some cooperative manner. Preferably within reach of Carrick on Suir.

No matter what your disability is, there is hope. As Margaret said, it can happen to all of us at some time in our life. Help is at hand.

Yours, etc

Bill Rockett,


Carrick on Suir

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