Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things that exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the structure of the web.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, iv. 40.
You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you.
Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them
—H. Jackson Brown
Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet, someone survived…You can do anything you choose to do.
— Maya Angelou
You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.
— Elizabeth Edwards
Mr FD’s mother was told by her doctor yesterday, some very unexpected news. She has acute renal failure and has “weeks, if not months” to live.
MIL is 88 and though suffering with a variety of chronic age related ailments we all considered that her general condition meant that she would be with us for another couple of years, so this news has come as rather a shock.
She has now accepted that she needs to stay in care!
And after Mr FD dealing with his parents issues all day yesterday, he came home, clicked open his email and found an email informing him that someone he had worked closely with for years had died. We knew he had bowel cancer, but his death was not expected so suddenly. He was only 63.
In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with an early stage cancer, and my Dad suffered though the last stages of dementia which resulted in his death in the November of that year. Mr FD was also made redundant from a long held position. That year we just reeled from stress to sorrow. 2011 is certainly shaping to revival that for trauma, stress and anxiety. Such is life.
Hey, Big Whatever – ENOUGH ALREADY! Consider our parade flooded!