Well here we in the midst of another chaotic, full on silly season and as Xmas approaches like a bullet train in Japan I thought it was time to just stop for a minute and take stock of where we are right now and about the year that is also drawing to an end…!

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For me personally 2014 has been monumental in so many ways…it has involved many highs and some really major low points but all through I have always been able to remain focussed on what is important in this life that I am living and on the journey that I am on – to focus on love, laughter, joy, passion, happiness and trying to be the best human being that I can even in the face of adversity.

I do believe that things happen to us in our lives for a reason and that there are lessons to be learnt from each one, and whilst the lessons are not always evident from the beginning they do soon become apparent and sometimes it is simply to take some time out to recognise the beauty of the world that we are in and to stop and just ‘be’.

When I was at my lowest point as I was laying in ICU at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and about to have a tracheostomy put in as my lungs were not functioning properly I felt a range of different emotions…I was scared to be sure but I was also thinking about what was, what could happen and what the future would look like…

Well here I sit today at 97% of my former self and I see how bright and delightful life is.  I certainly could have fallen into a deep depression at any stage when I was in hospital and was certainly offered anti depressants on a number of times but I found that I gathered my strength and positive outlook from within and from the support of all the most amazing people that I have in my life.

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Each person that took the time to come into hospital and spend even 5 minutes made the world of difference to me and allowed me to see just how loved I was and allowed me to refocus on what really is important in life and to each day count the blessings of being alive and taking each day and celebrating the joy of it.

As I was standing up for the first time unaided and then learning to walk again I was reminded of the fragility of life and through the determination to get my life back on track I never stopped embracing the wonder of the world and the fabulous things that exist all round us, event just looking out the window in rehab at the flowers and seeing the beauty captured there.

Xmas is about different things to different people and each year I revel in the gathering of family to come together and give thanks for another year passing, to share great food and the love and respect we have for each other.  It is also about the children and the joy that I see when I catch sight of my glorious grandchildren reminds me of the innocence that they bring and their unconditional love.

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I wish each and every one of you that has taken the time to follow, read and hopefully enjoy my blog this year the very best wishes for the holiday season and I hope you get some time to stop , ‘be’, enjoy, delight and celebrate all that you have.  We are all truly blessed in our lives and we need to acknowledge and celebrate that each and every day and not just at Xmas.

Much love!!!!

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