Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Rubbish who needs it and who drops it
There is something about this time of year that drives me nuts.... it's the cancelling counselling time of year. There are two seasons every year, one in late winter and one now. So yesterday out of my six clients, four cancelled. Today out of my six clients, three so far have done exactly the same.
Yesterday, I was pleased as it allowed me an afternoon to recover some energy. This morning I'm just frustrated. I was just about to go out of the front door when the phone rang telling me I've no clients till 1pm. I've had a full day booked for weeks, and the bloody clients wait till the night before, or the same morning to cancel, so not allowing the time to offer the appointment to anyone else.
The good thing is I was still at home, but I'm all dressed in my work clothes with nothing to do. There is no point in changing as I will have to go to work eventually.
I know I get paid for this, but even so it is so frustrating, as my mind set says it's a work day and I don't like not earning my money. The doctors I work for, know it's not my fault, but that's not the point.
Anyway enough moaning...... it could have been worse I could have got to work to have to sit around there till lunch time, which would have really driven me and everyone around me mad as I moaned about it!
So moving on, although this may end up sounding like a moan as well!
There were two things that amazed me about Berlin in contrast to the UK. The first was how amazingly clean it was. There was no litter anywhere, where there were bins, there were different recycling bins. There were no discarded cigarette packets, fast food containers, cans or anything else that we in Britain have as normal on the streets.
I went walking, as I always do over in the school grounds on Monday evening and as usual there is litter everywhere, discarded lunch containers, cans obtained from the fast food man who has established a site outside school. I walked past a group of girls the other day as one just dropped her chip wrapper on the floor. I didn't have the courage to take on eight girls, but I was seething at the careless attitude of it being someone elses problem.
The thing is the kids get taught about not dropping litter in school. The punishment at school for bad behavior is being made to clean up after lunch. So it's not as if they don't know, they just don't care.
Where did we wrong with today's children? I brought my sons up to respect people, property, and my eldest wouldn't dream of dropping rubbish anywhere. My youngest couldn't care less. And that's not just about him being the person he is, none of his peer group care either. Or seemingly the generations coming up behind him, judging by the rubbish lying around the school grounds.
Maybe it would be understandable if this was some sort of inner city ghetto. But it's not, it's a small, admittedly once industrial town, surrounded by astonishing countryside. And wherever you go, whether in the streets or into the hills to walk, you'll find rubbish.
When did we as a society stop caring about our surroundings? I expect that within peoples homes they don't have litter lying around,so what gives people the right to think that's ok to drop stuff anywhere, without a thought for the consequences?
Oh dear, I have gone on....... Maybe I need to go and find something gentle to do before I go off to work to calm me down, or my poor remaining clients may not recover from my bad temper!!!
And the other thing that was astonishing about Berlin, no-one jay walked, everyone, even if the roads were clear of traffic crossed the road until the little green man said they could. This is obviously a very successful campaign as in all the gift shops you can buy little red or green emblems of the crossing men.