RICHARD handed me two brown envelopes he’d collected from the postbox. “Great,” I whinged, ” some duplicate letter probably telling me I’ve been overpaid in housing benefit and they want it back.” 

This couldn’t possibly be the case as I’ve only been temporarily dole scum for 6 weeks and so far have received just over £100 (I know, I know, these feckless unemployed people living it up on all that dosh). 

Anyway, long story short, it was a Tax Rebate; not much but better than a kick in the teeth and enough to get my bus pass to work next month. 

So the moral of this story is, don’t always assume the worst. A brown envelope doesn’t always contain bad news and, as RICHARD pointed out, “Bad news doesn’t always come in a brown envelope!”


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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