I have been thinking about change this week and what causes change. When I was in Acadia our tour guide mentioned that when the pine forest is cut it grows back as pine. When the pine forest burns it changes completely and grows back as oak. For some reason this has run through my mind all week. I started thinking about what makes people change and from experience it is usually a fire from within. Whether it is a fire in the belly or in the mind, it causes some kind of change. Have you noticed it in your life? An example for me was when I had a job I was bored with and the people were not supportive at all. I don't remember thinking about it so deeply at the time except that I kept saying I need to make a change. But, it got me started searching for a job which led to me moving away from home and to a career that lasted over 30 years. That definitely was life changing. What about you? What changes came from a fire within?
I did have a first time experience this past week. My sister usually handles everything medical, but timing was against us so I had to tell papa that his cancer has returned for the third time. I have done some tough stuff as a manager and HR officer, but not this. He took it well and I truly expected nothing else. He said almost exactly what I thought he would say. We are very lucky in that again they caught it very early and there is treatment available. Also, in his case the tumors continue to be within the liver. He has already met with the doctors again and had further tests (it was a busy week). The doctors have told him that these tumors will continue to pop up and they will continue to see him every three/four months and continue to do treatment as long as it works. He is in a good place mentally and says he will continue to fight. We are just waiting for the date of the treatment. All papa worries about is making sure we visit mema.
I finished reading: "DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT" by Alexandra Fuller This book is about her childhood in Africa. It's almost diary like and has the good, bad and the ugly parts of life.
I am going to leave it here for today. I have to get dinner moving along. Have a good week. Chat soon. Marie
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt
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