• Morgan Fagg

Be the Arrow

Back in 2011 during the presidential elections in Ireland, I first heard the saying "Be the Arrow."

It is such a wonderful, encouraging saying which was fantastic to hear back in 2011 as Ireland was slowly recovering from the 2008 Financial Crisis.

Presidential candidate Michael D Higgins used the quote on more than one occasion and at first, I believed it was his own quote but it actually comes from the Welsh writer Raymond Williams.

Williams was a novelist, academic and critic and I think we should let his inspirational quote hit us all.

We are hit time and time again and Coronavirus is knocking people for six as companies and families probably have little financial reserves following the last recession and global downturn.

Maybe rents and taxes have gone up but I don't believe salaries have increased at the same rate.

It is too easy to be targeted and I love the idea of being the arrow.

Following on from the aftermath of Coronavirus, we will each have to be our own arrow.

Living paycheck to paycheck is not enough and we need to encourage each other to get active, pursuit our dreams, start new businesses and like an arrow,

we have to set our aim high and let our dreams take flight.

A president might become an easy target for many but maybe we can all put our hands together and if not applaud our head of state, maybe we can wish him a happy birthday as we wash our hands today.

Happy birthday President Higgins.

Be the Arrow that lands on people's doorsteps.

Well done to Joe O'Connor and Grace Tallon who have started a website called thedoorstepmarket.ie that lets businesses sell their goods online for the first time.

Started by a group of volunteers the AIM is to TARGET businesses that haven't traditionally sold goods online but need to reach their customers like never before.

I believe over 200 businesses have signed up to thedoorstepmarket.ie and I remember Joe O'Connor's father Bobby as a family friend bringing fish to our doorstep.

Best of luck, I wish you every success.

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