"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.
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.