You’re probably wondering what on earth the title to this blog post means. How can you be “Blissfully Broken”? No I haven’t gone mad…..ok, maybe just a little! I’m musing about my life as it stands today. When chronic illness is complex it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We can be diagnosed with so many adjunct … Continue reading Blissfully Broken
This week the world is mourning the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Closer to home, I am mourning the death of my precious Dad. The Royal Family and I are worlds apart on so many levels, yet grief is something no one escapes in this life. At the end of the day we … Continue reading As The World Mourns…
(In loving memory of my precious Dad, who passed away peacefully on EasterMonday) One of my earliest childhood memories is being on the passenger ship "Aurelia". I was 3 years of age and embarking on a journey that would change the entire course of my life. I was migrating from the United Kingdom to Australia with … Continue reading A Carousel Of Memories And Moments
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross The emblem of suffering and shame And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain So I'll cherish the old rugged cross Till my trophies at last I lay down And I will cling to … Continue reading Clinging To “The Old Rugged Cross”
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our lives globally, important personal milestones and celebrations still scatter our calendars. Events we looked forward to and perhaps been planning to celebrate long before COVID-19 became part of our daily vocabulary. Often these events, such as birthdays and anniversaries, or soon to arrive Easter, are opportunities for … Continue reading Easter Celebrations COVID Style
I woke up this morning with no great expectations of what my day would hold. I had no plans, no appointments and was not unhappy about what many would consider a boring day ahead. My day started like any other. Pain, pain meds, try and get out of bed, try again and again. Eventually grab … Continue reading My 2 Minutes Of Fame!
I can remember as clearly as if it was yesterday, sitting in the dining room of our family home, staring at the plaque on the wall. We’d had it for years and the words always provided me with a sense of comfort and security. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence … Continue reading Hope, Faith And Our Need For Dreams To Come True
“I’ve had to let go of so many things to move forward with my chronic illness life. As a result I’ve grown so much as a person. My understanding of the impacts of disease and disability on the chronic illness sufferer, was so shallow prior to becoming ill. I always cared and I thought I had genuine empathy, but it was never going to be on the level it is now.”
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“We Can Stay Stuck Or We Can Grow”
Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Growth itself demands that we move on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them.”
Henry Cloud,Necessary Endings
I love this quote by Henry Cloud. Throughout my life I have always looked forward. Always been thinking of ways to improve my personal life and professional life. At work we used to call it “continuous improvement”. Never resting on our laurels. Reminding ourselves we were only as good as our last achievement and today was a new day. A new opportunity to improve, to inspire, to embrace change.
Chronic Illness And Continuous Improvement
When we live with chronic illness, the concept of continuous improvement seems almost ridiculous doesn’t it.
But is it?
Our lives, while significantly…
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Stepping away from the noise of Social Media, reading a book, listening to music or just sitting quietly, can feel like heaven. Suddenly the birds outside can be heard tweeting, rather than Twitter chirping at you with a notification on your phone.
I wrote this last year and even though we are now heading into the COVID-19 vaccination stage of the global pandemic, the message and my musings here, are still relevant for today and for this year xx
The World is dealing with the unknown.
We are all dealing with the unknown.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is taking us on a journey we have never experienced before, certainly not in our lifetimes.
Ultimately we are having to deal with change on a huge scale. Change causes fear and fear causes responses in ourselves and those around us, we might not expect, like or know how to handle.
Change causes grief and at the moment the World, its Leaders and society in general, is grappling with the various stages of grief.
Confusion and chaos is infiltrating cities, towns and villages across the globe.
Quarantine, lockdown, self isolation and social distancing are our new norms.
We are also seeing trials, across the globe, to lift some restrictions in an effort to reduce mental stress, return students to school and to try to stimulate our economies.
This decision is also causing mixed…
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