Looking at life and situations from various angles can be a benefit and a curse.
Let me give you an example:
Over the past year or so I have visited friends and relatives at Morriston Hospital and, without doubt, the NHS staff, doctors, surgeons and support workers do a grand job.
However, we are all more than aware that the NHS continues to face cashflow and funding challenges.
Each time I have visited, I overhear many conversations relating to the lack of suitable parking facilities and, most recently, the state of the main entrance windows.
Maybe cashflow prevents the employment of regular window cleaner?
Last week, Morriston Hospital was blessed with the appearance of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.
There was much excitement surrounding the visit and photo opportunities for all.
Clearly, to many, Charles’ visit was enthusiastically welcomed.
But my thinking was this:
How difficult was it for him and his huge entourage to find a parking space?
Did they have to drive around for 40 minutes, which is what I had to do a few weeks back?
And . . . wait for it . . . how did the hospital miraculously manage to find the funds needed to clean the hospital windows in readiness for the Royal visit?
They don’t do that when I visit!
My pals over in Dafen, Llanelli, tell me a similar spring clean operation happened over at the Wales Air Ambulance HQ, where flower beds, flagpoles and other assorted decorative items were spruced up in advance of the Prince’s visit.
I wonder if the Prince is really bothered about all the effort that goes into the preparation for his visits. My guess is he might be happier if the charity and health money was better spent on the ‘frontline’ services.