“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Forty Eight: looking back)

This R2bC has become a rather dull weekly burden now, pedestrian, automatic - the opposite of what writing and life should be, so I shall discontinue in 2016. However, having nobody to reflect back at, it has been very successful as a tool of positive psychology in reminding me that I have done some things that I like to do and I have learnt some things and that this fact makes me feel more content. This is the review of 2015 and its reasons to be cheerful - and I had grand plans to do an extensive and detailed overview, but, well, life's too short and I've got other, more interesting things to do - a positive in itself. Here's the tag for detail: http://www.billymiller.eu/search/label/reasonstobecheerful

So. Health and Wellbeing. Starting with dad - he is not going to get healthier. It's been a bit of a trial for him at times, but regular doctor and hospital visits keep him ticking over. And drugs. Not huge quality of life though, I have to say. Glad I'm here for him, all the same - he does experience some pleasure in life and he is a very sunny soul on the whole. I've also benefited from coming to care for him - I'm not tied to a bullshit job, so I've been left free to write and I've also dealt with a few demons since I've been here.

As for me, well, surprised by my middle aged man health MOT - slightly overweight, but apart from that all very well indeed, pulse, heart, battery of blood tests. January plan should make a dent in the overweight biznis - next check in five years, apparently... Managed some great walks this year, too - and I shall build on that in 2016. Got a handheld satnav that I'm working out - and once I have, then it gives more scope for solo jaunts.

Been writing some great songs lately and the blakesongs are up to around 25-30 minutes and I'm very happy with them, too. The doctorate is taking a final shape and that feels great. Completed some quite difficult chapters this year and am feeling confident about it.

Finally, TLCfeelsgood - my project-in-the-world - just keeps rolling on. Every meeting, a new idea, a new direction. Again, I feel confident that this thing will be if we just keep at it.

So, there we are. 2015. I end much more robust and self-reliant than I began, and, partially due to the self-recognition of these very reasons to be cheerful. Ça va!
I keep hope and I keep compassion and I stand with those in the way of the mean people of this land.

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