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Gratitude in all situations

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It feels like forever since I last wrote to you, My Brunch Loving Vagabonds,

I know I have been curiously absent from my keyboard of late, I simply have not had the energy to write.  Which is a new phenomenon for me.  I love to write more than anything.  Even more than I love chocolate and that is an awful lot.  Sometimes life has a way of taking over and rushing you forward through time like a raging river.  Other times it can meander along gently like a stream, letting you take in the sights of the journey.

The last couple of months I have been white water rafting through river caves.  I contracted a two and a half month long virus that made me so tired I could barely stand outside work hours. Gradually I was able to get further through each day without needing to sleep or lock myself in a dark room to ride out a migraine until I was back to my usual effervescent self.   As soon as that had completely left me, my father-in-law ended up in hospital (he’s okay) and the last week has consisted of up to three trips to the hospital per day.  Not that I begrudge any of it, I feel very blessed to work so close to the hospital that I could spend my lunch breaks visiting with him.  It has just left very little time for anything else in life and by the end of the week I was completely and utterly exhausted.

So here I am, having not participated in my own challenge for four weeks and feeling desperate to get things back on track again. I don’t necessarily need routine, but I do need to feel in control and know I have time to hide from the world and recoup my spoons (not as weird as it sounds, I’ll explain more about the spoons theory another day). Next week you can expect me to be reporting in on how I am going with week 6 of my Mindfulness Challenge – ‘embrace vulnerability by trusting others and myself’.  This sounds like a particularly difficult one to do and it is one of those weeks I was expecting to crash and burn in when I first started out.  I’ll explain more about that next week after I’ve had a chance to flex my burgeoning mindfulness muscles again.

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