Monday, 22 December 2014

Good-bye 2014

"The time has come," the Walrus said " to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax" ~ Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter

…. And of saying goodbye to 2014.
Well 2014 you were a hell of a ride. What did I learn about myself? Many, many things. Chiefly I learnt that I am strong and courageous and that I can be dogged. In 2014 I got a whole lot better at practicing mindfulness.

2014 was a year of chemo treatment that finished with a bang - stem cell mobilisation and collection, and while I was in hospital with a vascular catheter hanging out the side of my neck, back home a burst pipe in my kitchen flooded my house, just for good measure. "Life's like a box of chocolates ……"

But 2014 was also a year full of days of quiet solitude, reflection, and restoration. There were many gifts that I unwrapped, thanks to many wonderful authors whose words and wisdom helped feed my courage and hope. It was the year I explored my inner landscape, and pondered what I wanted in my life during my second act.

I was blessed to be under the care of knowledgeable, well qualified specialists, and nurses who were competent, devoted and understanding.

I more grateful than I can express for the gift of prayer.

2014 is also the year I began formal studies in permaculture.

It is also the year I became a blogger.

Ultimately it was a year of healing.

And now the year is drawing to a close. In the words of T.S. Elliott  "To make an end is to make a beginning."

Here's to a new beginning and a new year. 


  1. I believe all things work together for good...even cancer. I will never be the same person i was before my daughter's diagnosis..but it has changed me for the better.

    1. "All things work together for my good," is one of my favourite affirmations. I think certain experiences can both uncover what is there already in our personalities, and change us. I guess life really is a refining process.

  2. just finished catching up, 2014 was a nice slow year for me, not a lot happened except for a few repairs. keeping trees alive & planning for a new chook pen & mini orchard. love the idea of an earlier post about making 'home making' into a hobby, might give that a go & see how i go.
    merry xmas & happy new year & stay safe over the holidays
    cheers :))

    1. Slow years are good, aren't they? Keeping plants alive can be hard work in the summer heat and the spring dry in Queensland. I have just transplanted a duranta (sheena's gold) and I am hoping it makes it. I had to move it though, it was too close to an apple tree I planted last year.