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The Queen's royal garden party: where honour, respect & dignity roam

Sandi outside Buckingham Palace gates

As a thank you for the work I have been doing with Government on eAccessibility, I had the honour of receiving an invitation to one of the Queen's Royal Garden Parties. When the invitation arrived in the post, with the Queen's emblem franked on the envelope and the words "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by her Majesty to invite Mr. Mark and Mrs. Sandi Wassmer to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace", emblazoned on the invitation, the importance and magnitude of this wonderful opportunity hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart filled with gratitude and I began to feel a rather gleeful sense of anticipation.

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Mediocrity, concession and acquiescence? No thanks.

Tenacity is certainly something I have in abundance. Sure, it sometimes manifests itself as pigheadedness or even downright stupidity, but it is always accompanied by honour and integrity. One of the characteristics of having ADHD is a tendency to uber-focus, but it can also serve me very well indeed, so I'm not fussed. Life is full of trade offs. So, with my usual positivity and ability to see the beauty in everyone, I just figured that even though I may behave this way or that way in my fervent pursuit of a better world, somehow folk would see the beauty in me.

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Are values valued?

A lot of folk would describe me as being headstrong and opinionated. A lot of other folk would use more colourful language. I am well aware that I can be like a dog with a bone: if I believe in something really strongly, I suddenly find myself in possession of a bucketload of passion and bags of resolve that get me quite a long way. I am also aware that my overwhelming desire for the world to be a better place challenges people to change, and this makes me unpopular.

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Equality, accessibility and inclusivity: paving the path to social change

As I spend most of my time concerning myself with equality, accessibility and inclusivity, I do tend to forget that most people in the world do not. Most people don't even have these words in their vernacular, let alone spend any time considering their role in making these things a reality. They simply don't think that they are in any way responsible, but I beg to differ. Edmund Burke got it right when he said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." But I have a sneaking suspicion that the path is not clear.

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