Hello, my dear readers, how are you today? I hope life gives you lots of lemons so you can make lemon sherbet LOL.
Five years ago one of my favourite authors passed over to another life.
I wrote about him then:
The above title is an adaption of a quote from the late Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away yesterday morning.
His quote is “So much universe and so little time!”
He is one of my favourite authors. His Discworld novels are brilliant satires on today’s life and society but never in a nasty way. He showed so much humour and understanding for the human nature that always made me think and understand life just that little bit better.
For all those who do not know: He suffered a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s and had campaigned tirelessly both for more research into Alzheimer’s as well as a change of law about assisted suicide. It saddens me terribly that such a brilliant person and mind had to leave so early.
Ironically one of his most intriguing characters is Death, who is strangely interested in humanity and becomes more and more benevolent towards them. Terry Pratchett was a ferocious writer: he has over 70 novels to his name and wrote three books a year at times.
Again it taught me one thing I should know by now: Life is short! You do not know when your time will come!
Do now what is close to your heart. Don’t wait. Tomorrow might be too late.
RIP Sir Terry Prachett. I hope you could leave your anger behind for another one to write….
While I am determined to beat cancer, I have, of course, pondered the possibility that it could beat me. This is an uncomfortable thought I have to admit. All the fears that come with it from fear of the unknown to leaving my loved ones behind bubbled up like a volcano just about to erupt. And they nearly got the better of me.
However, since I was off working for 1 1/2 years, I have started to practice Mindfulness and try to develop a mindset of “I am only living in this minute: not in the future and not in the past!”. I have also developed the habit to look those fears in the eyes and then thank the universe for all the blessings it has given me. That so often calms me down and allows me to accept the fact that I just don’t have power over everything.
And then I start singing:
I am sorry but I just can’t be fearful when I hear Doris Day ;-).
Being mindful and living in the moment does need some work and self-discipline. But you know, it is a huge relief to let those fears go and just enjoy the moment. It is worth the effort. Currently, I am just fatigued and where they took the biopsies, it still hurts a little, but nothing is unbearable. I have a family that cares enormously for me and friends all over the world who are sending me good vibes. What else can I ask for?
I do not feel alone. I feel like I am carried on a wave of positive energy and prayer, and that means a lot to me. I think that that is the best condition to beat cancer.
So much life is mine
Love and friendship carries me
See the daffodils
This is it for today my dear readers. I hope you are having a blast! 😉
Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.
Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.