Thursday 22 December 2022

A Christmas post.

First and foremost can I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year in these troubled times.

Usually at this time of Year I give thoughts and an outline to what I plan for the coming year, this time I haven’t any. I have a few butterfly projects on the go and I’m sure I will progress some of them next year just see how the flow goes. 

The cancer issue this year has certainly changed a lot of how I look at things and has had some impact on my lifestyle but in many ways for the better.

I found this on Facebook which I thought was very apt.

Most of us are now in the last quarter of our life and should read this interesting piece of advice👍
This is one of the nicest and most gentle articles I’ve read in a while: no politics, no religion and no racial issues - just food for thought.
You know …… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young and embarking on my new life. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all.
I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
However, here it is …… the last quarter of my life and it catches me by surprise.
How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first quarter and that the fourth quarter was so far off that I could not visualise it or imagine fully what it would be like.
Yet, here it is …… my friends are retired and getting grey - they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me but I see the great change. They’re not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant …… but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day and taking a nap is not a treat anymore. It's mandatory because if I don't of my own free will, I fall asleep where I sit.
And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did. But at least I know that, though I’m on the last quarter and I'm not sure how long it will last, that when it's over on this earth, it's over. A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done; things I should have done but truely there are many things I'm happy to have been done.
It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not on the last quarter yet, let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life do it quickly.
Don't put things off too long. Life goes by so quickly.
So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you're on the last quarter or not.
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of life. So, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember - and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the past years.
‘Life’ is a gift to you.
Be Happy!
Have a great day!
Remember, it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
You may think:
Going out is good - but coming home is better!
You forget names - but it's okay because some people forgot they even knew you!
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like golf - but you like the outdoors!
The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore - but you really don't care that you aren't as interested.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV on than in bed – you call it ‘pre-sleep’!
You miss the days when everything worked with just an ‘On’ and ‘Off’ switch!
You tend to use more 4 letter words – ‘what’ and ‘when’
You have lots of clothes in your wardrobe, more than half of which you will never wear – but just in case!
Old is good -
• Old is comfortable
• Old is safe
• Old songs
• Old movies
• …… and best of all,
• Friends of old!
So, stay well, ‘Old friend!’
Have a fantastic day!
Have an awesome quarter – whichever one you’re in!
Take care
Send this on to other "Old Friends" and let them be smiling in agreement.
It's not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.


WSTKS-FM Worldwide said...

Too true, Graham. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Kind Seasonal regards,


The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Great read , I'm on my last quarter-it's very true , All the best to you and yours , Tony.

Norm said...

Best wishes, Norm.

rct75001 said...

Graham, as I have 9 days of work remaining before beginning the "next stage", that post is great to contemplate. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tiberian general said...

A wonderful, gentle and thoughtful post Graham, thank you for sharing.
A merry Christmas and happy New Year to one and all.


Ray Rousell said...

This all sounds far too familiar! (Just spent 5 minutes trying to spell familiar, even questioned google on the spelling? Still doesn't look right) Oh well.......
Have a fab Xmas and New Year!

StuartInsch said...

I hope you've had a cracking Christmas and are looking toward to Hogmanay and whatever 23 holds in store.
But remember, there's no rush, enjoy now to the full. Tomorrow is always another day.

"....whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul."

Take care and all the best