“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
“Come home, Babes. All is forgiven.”
This is the WhatsApp message I received from Hubby about 10 days into my recent 2 week break in South Africa.
I didn’t go because South Africa won the Rugby World Cup, though they did. Nor because it’s dark and cold in the UK, which it is. I didn’t go to check on our house, although I did that. I went because I wanted to spend time with my dear Mama.
My mother has been in a plaster cast since 17th September, was in a wheelchair for 8 weeks, and is now the fastest almost-70-year-old on crutches … in Morgan Bay!
We had good quality time together and I’m pleased to report that she’s well on her way to recovery.
So, I’m back in Blighty. The market is still flat. The weather is still bleak. I have writing and work to do which I’ve neglected. Yet Hubby and I feel excited and hopeful somehow.
Like my Mother getting over her major foot operation, we are and have been in a funny old place of challenge and uncertainty for some time now – maybe for the whole year!
Three weeks ago, we finally made a difficult decision that had been plaguing us for months – and something shifted.
A subtle shift.
A welcome shift.
Peace and sleep are back.
Our vocabulary has changed.
Work is ‘challenging’ rather than ‘difficult’.
We have ‘good prospects’ some of which will eventually ‘go over the line’.
We are trying to encourage our team to be ‘proactive’ not ‘reactive’.
We are talking ‘strategy’ and thinking about what we can add to our portfolio in 2020.
Although the nay-sayers still predict doom for our country (countries even), life is still a bit ‘already, not yet’, there are still heaps of challenges in our industry, and it’s still dark and cold outside … The heating is warm in our flat, Christmas is coming and we are making plans.
Praying that you too will note that subtle shift, even if the light at the end of the tunnel is faint and might well only be coming from the Christmas tree in the lounge.
NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!
P.s. “Never give up, never surrender.” is a quote from a silly Sci-Fi film which Hubby and love – Galaxy Quest (1999) – stop me if I’ve said this before – oops!
P.p.s. We do not have a Christmas tree up yet, nor any decorations – it’s not December yet.! No condemnation if you already do.
P.p.p.s. Difficult decisions, when un-made, fester and paralyse and steal your peace. Note to self: try not to allow indecisiveness to fester for almost a year.
P.p.p.p.s. We now call my mother ‘Big Foot’ or ‘Franken-mom’ – having a large plaster cast removed by electric ‘angle-grinder’ is brave stuff. It was difficult to look.
P.p.p.p.p.s. When I was in SA I saw a bit of my dear friend Charlie’s Bird and her Charlie. They are facing some big challenges as a family – brought on by me and Hubby – more about that in the new year. But, right now they are embracing change as a family and not getting too wobbly about it. The quote on the left is from her. I love it!