Fragility of healthIn January 2004 I had a mini-wake-up heart attack. A million and more historical events prove to us that a heart-beat of time can change lives, from freak accidents to man-made evil crimes (in peace and war), to unexpected natural disasters or virulent diseases. But, more mundanely and frequently, the wear and tear of modern life on one’s own body and mind can contribute to life-changing reassessments of priorities. My own parents and my mother-in-law died over relatively short periods (see blog below.) Ray my father-in-law’s long slow decline from Alzheimer’s was not an ending anyone would hope for.
Questions, questionsShould I have worked less hard during my career? Would that have prevented my heart attack in 2004? Should I have changed my working life more profoundly after the heart attack in order to reflect what I knew about my unhealthy working habits?
Giving AttentionAll the above questions are of course pointless. Pointless, I tell you. The past is a country you cannot revisit; only the present and future can command attention. And thus, in my newly-retired and philosophical state, I look back on the maelstrom of Christmas 2013 and thank goodness for the impending arrival of 2015. I’m looking forward to Giving Attention to things I want to give attention to.
Game of Life, Dorking/Dorking Halls, Old Tiles,
|Hello Dorking.... Farewell Dorking....|
Hailsham, Pevensey Castle, Battle, Sissinghurst, Monks House, Chawton, Paris, Denbie’s, Pericles, University Reunion, Goodbye Work, Recipes, Cooking, Menus, Walking, Northcliffe, Hirst Woods, Canal, Salt’s Mill, Macmillan Cancer Support, Kerry Madden-Lunsford and Norah, the Bronte Parsonage,
|The Lancelot-Barr Crew and The Unicorn's Ruin at Saltaire Festival...|
|Images of New Year's Eve at Bolton Abbey|