Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The times they are a changin...
I plan to keep blogging into 2007 and hope to put up things of interest here. Of course, visiting your blog now and then is also a priority. However, it promises to be a year of endings and beginnings for me - which will be time consuming, stressful ... and interesting.
In this year, we will be selling our home in The Middle Road Community and moving into Nelson. We'll be moving separately as our marriage is in transition. Both kids will be away this winter - our son is now travelling in Asia and New Zealand and our daughter is off to Spain on a student exchange soon. My term as Chair of Amnesty comes up and I'm still pondering the big decision of running again - or not. To top it off, I'm trying to change my consulting business - to work less and take only projects of compelling interest. Whew!
And of course, there's still Iraq, climate change, Darfur, defeating Stephen Harper...and eating, sleeping, shovelling snow (lots of it) and so on.
Life is interesting. I love the teachings of Epictetus - a few of the key tenets are:
- Know what you can control and what you cannot.
- Make full use of what happens to you.
- Never surpress a generous impulse.
It adds up to a very stressful time in your life. May I suggest one step at a time, and be prepared to compromise your plans along the way if the need arises, allowing for a few short holidays/ breaks in between. I like those sayings.
I am sorry to hear that you are going to have such a stressful time. I will be thinking of you. It sounds as if you have a lot of good, positive things going in your life. I know the selling house & living separately will be difficult. I, too, am transitioning in a relationship, and it's hard, but I know it's for the best. I like him, and we'll still be friends, but he is not the one for me.
I love the tenets. They are so true. I have a lot of difficulty with the first one. I'm working on it, though.
BTW, I sent you an email & it bounced back. I will try again.
Take care & don't forget where Ju & I live. :-)
First of all, the Winter scene is gorgeous!! I wish we had even a 1/4 of that snow fall here in Toronto but this year, our winter's quite green and rainy!
Since I've been privy to what's been happening with you, all I can do is offer you support and that cup of coffee is always waiting. :)
The few key tenets you've mentioned are wonderful. I've learnt a lot this past year and these three lines express them well. :)
I'm hoping 2007 will quickly turn for the better for you. Remember your friends are here.
Hey! Keep an eye out on the mail.
Love the tenets of Epictetus. Good advice.
Beautiful photo. Keep well, you're a good man, and times like these can be our best teachers.
I emailed you Zee - hope it went through.
Elisabeth (and others) - somewhere between Christmas and New Years, many of my emails didn't arrive - seems to be okay now.
It's a about -25 Celsius in the town I'm in today. In Fahrenheit that translates as DAMN COLD!
Good luck with everything that's ahead of you in 2007.
I have no sage advice to give, but I can offer you the following:
Approach life as a banquet
Pursue the good ardently
More Epictetus there, stuff I picked up from you. But somtimes it isn't such a bad thing to be reminded of things we already know.
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