It just hit me that after having read the challenges that some of you are facing, I don't think I've written about what Sandy and I went through over the past year or so.
2008, how shall I put it, kinda sucked in some ways. From January towards the end of the year we were met with one challenge after another, and it seemed unrelenting. Here's how things played out:
-starting early January Sandy was in hospital for a broken finger (caught in a slamming car door), a fractured ankle and a chest infection. This all happened within a month.
-in April I had a serious car accident (I lost the Celica and was in physiotherapy for months). Over the course of the year I would experience a form of post-traumatic stress, the effects of which I think I'm still feeling.
-we had some financial struggles
-the bathroom in the basement flooded. Twice.
-in July my dad had a heart attack and subsequent quadruple by-pass. On the same day of his surgery Sandy got a call from the nursing home saying her mother was gravely ill. Within a week or so she passed away
-a friend in my club died in the Fall
-in May of this year they discovered two lumps in Sandy's breast. Thankfully they turned out to be benign.
-over recent months there was a threat of job loss due to downsizing
I realized that the only way to make it through all this was to keep our attitudes in check. I described it earlier as one thing after another. This could have been seen as a bad thing, but I chose to look at it as positive. Because these events were spread out somewhat it gave us time to deal with them as they came up. Collectively they would have been overwhelming, but we still would have faced them head-on because we had to.
Bad things will always happen, so will good things. Which of these you choose to focus on will largely determine how happy you are. It's your choice.
The picture at the top is for all of you who are facing tough times. Keep that fire, that fight burning inside you and don't give in. Ever.