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Reasons to be positive

7th December 2020


As I write this short note, we have just ticked over in to December. So those of you who were not sharing Pete’s enthusiasm last week for an early Christmas this year, it’s ok now, it’s now acceptable. Go get that tree. Put those lights up. No need to tell Alexa to “STOP” when Mariah Carey comes on.  

This morning has seen the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine approved by the relevant authorities in the UK and we expect doses to arrive next week with roll out soon after. This is great news and for the first time in a while many are starting to see a way out of this mess.  

In November, the FTSE 100 index had its best month in at least three decades. The rise of 14.5% is in line with the best month on record in January 1989.  

The RFU has announced that 15 a side full contact rugby matches can recommence. (This is massive news in the Rylett household)  

Yes Damien. That’s all very well, but where is the bad news? Well, I’m not giving you any. As an antidote to the Cerberus that is KPR, I’ll give you nothing but positive news.  

Cerberus? KPR? What’s he talking about? In Greek mythology Cerberus is a three-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. KPR, which stands for Kuenssberg - Peston – Rigby, is it’s modern equivalent, tasked with keeping the “news” permanently negative to prevent positivity from arriving.  

It is normal at this time of year to look back and take stock. Then draw a line and look forward to a new year, a new beginning. I’m happy to share my personal reflections. My relationships with friends, family and colleagues are stronger as a result of this pandemic. I have found out more about myself over the past 9 months than in any other period of my life. I am better educated and fitter (both physically and mentally) than I was before. I have more purpose and more importantly, I am happier.  

There are so many positive things that have happened in the world that have slipped under the radar. Watch this short video to see what I mean and I hope that you agree.  

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor said “Don’t lament this and don’t get agitated.”  

He was referring to that feeling we get when something happens. “It’s all over now.” “All is lost.” What follows are complaints and pity and misery – the impotent struggle against something that has already occurred.  

Why bother? We have no idea what the future holds. We have no idea what’s coming up round the bend. It could be more problems, or this could be the darkness before the dawn.  

There is one thing we can be sure of: whatever happens, we’re going to be ok.  

Best wishes to you and your families for a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.    

Damien Rylett

Damien Rylett  


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