The elephant in the room?

BrexitWhat a week last week when, after a 40-year relationship, the people of the UK voted to “divorce” from the European Union.  Living in France (but still a Brit) meant I didn’t get the chance to vote, but what a fascinating process to observe.

Here’s my thoughts….

The arguments from both the “leave” and the “remain” sides were much like the voices inside our heads when we have the opportunity to change.

No-one likes change, and as human beings we often get stuck in how it is because of the fear of the unknown and uncertainty when we change something.  There was plenty of fear-mongering going on during the run-up to the referendum and much of what was said was totally unfounded and un-provable.  Many of those who said those things have now back-tracked and denied it – politicians – how can you trust them?

Just like the voice inside our head whenever we have an opportunity to change, grow, make more money, hire someone to free up our time, or get a coach – there’s always the fear-mongering telling us how foolish we are to even think that change is possible, when it has no proof.

Very often we just get stopped in our tracks by that voice and nothing changes – especially not the result.

Then, if we’re “lucky”, we reach a point where something HAS to change.  And somehow we find the courage to take the first step out of necessity rather than logical reasoning.

Being in the European Union wasn’t working for the Brits anymore.  What started out as a good idea back in the 70s was no longer a good idea.  The people were sick and tired of doing the same thing and getting the same result and despite the fear-mongering, or maybe because of it, the majority voted for change, even though they were afraid too.

And now the result in itself has thrown everything into chaos – this is a good sign because it means that things are changing.   In fact, after this monumental day, nothing will ever be the same again and this is a good thing too.

And the funny thing is, the sky didn’t fall in, the sun came up the next morning and we’re all still alive and well.

After the dust has settled, for better or worse, the Brits have the opportunity to create something new and exciting, and I have every confidence that they will.

What about you?  What could you create if you ignored the fear-mongering inside your head and decided to change something?  Leave me a comment below and let me know 🙂

Yvonne x







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  1. Hi Yvonne,
    I couldn’t agree more. I never lived in the UK as part of the EU, so for me, I always thought the UK did OK before, being independent but working in cooperation with Europe. Time to change. Things may be wobbly for a while, but I think it was Denmark that left with everyone saying they would fall without the EU – and they have thrived and prospered. Embrace, see the possibilities, take back control!

  2. Steven White says:

    This was not a vote about sovereignty or economics. It was about the hate of the un-educated on racism and a desire by some to turn the clock back to those rosy 1960’s. We should know better and the rest of us deserve better. But we are where we are so we have to brace ourselves to be excluded from the free EU marketplace and prepare to see our major employers take our jobs overseas – the banks have already started.
    Change isn’t always for the better and emotional desire can be very bad for us – and our neighbours and friends.

    • Hi Steven it’s great to hear from you and thanks for your comment. Change makes us grow and that must be good, yes? No-one knows what the future holds- in or out of the EU even though many pretended to. Hope you’re well 🙂

  3. Terri G Gregory says:

    HI Yvonne,

    Bravo! I hear very similar remarks here in the current Presidential race. I, like you, have decided that the pendulum has to swing far in order to get us back into balance. And who knows what that will take? I so appreciate your outlook and thank you for sharing so much of your observant wisdom with us.

  4. I couldn’t agrre with you more .We do have toembrace the change come what may and I am sure trading in general wont suffer .And whatever happens with interest rates etc we have had our ups and downs while being in the EU .

  5. Hi Yvonne and followers, far from being an Economist, and even them do not all agree, so I will not comment on that. Of course Europe is not perfect and needs a change, to address real, main issues ans stop regulating on stupid, insignificant subjects.
    But I would not say the Majority voted “out” : politicians lied just to promote themselves, they should be ashamed and banned for ever from Politics.
    Older people with their life behind and their fear, compromised the Youth future.
    And most of it, it is the attitude : tearing down versus building, withdrawing versus sharing ; it is nationalism and racism : so far from the Tourist, open point of view.
    Maybe it will shake Europe enough to make it change and progress, maybe it will be a start for worse racism.
    My family comes from a very open background, we’ve been immigrants 2 generations ago, we have strong links to UK (and US) and we are extremely sad.
    Change is welcome for the better not for the worse.

    • Thanks for commenting Martine 🙂 I agree, we must embrace what is, and not concern ourselves with how it might be or could be. We have to deal with what is 🙂

  6. Patrizia Mariani says:

    I agree with you completely. I remember all the scaremongering and drama around Y2K… and yet here we still are, no Armageddon. Thank goodness for those who embrace change as the opportunity to move forward.