Well I haven't needed a visit from the Past, Present and Future Ghosts to count my blessings! I know just how lucky I am!
Dickens 'Christmas Carol' is our absolute favourite family film at this time of year. We love the Muppets version, which has us all in hysterics, but we also love the Walt Disney animated version, which scares us all...just a little bit!
Mum painted this many years ago, it's very precious to us. It lights up at night, at the moment Little Bea spends hours acting out the story (and a few of her own), with the characters.
Most of you who read this blog, will know I'm a Silver Lining sort of Person, well in training anyway, still have some way to go before I get any kind of certificate!
Everyone is so busy at the moment with their Christmas preparations, I am taking quite a leisurely approach to all things Christmas, taking my time. I need to keep balanced. I need to keep my stress levels low, not always easy!
A few years ago I was working full time, in a 'full on' job that I loved, I felt so passionate about what I was doing but it was very stressful. I've always been a bit of a stress junkie, never happy unless I was juggling lots of balls in the air!
Whilst working full time, caring for the girls (Mr Bea featured heavily in this too, of course!), trying very hard to keep Mum safe as the Alzheimer's took hold, I began to feel ill.
I ignored how I felt, I never stopped to listen to my body. After a while my body finally got me to listen, it just stopped. In a second my body went from working- to still. It was determined to get me to listen, and I did!
It took me many months to build up my strength again. After lots of tests I was diagnosed with a 'progressive, incurable' condition.
So what's the silver lining?
Well now I don't take my health for granted anymore! I take very good care of myself, eat well, take plenty of rest, exercise and above all keep my life BALANCED.
And it's working! My, incurable, progressive condition is starting to behave itself! I know how aggressive it can be, and I know that by taking good care of myself I am keeping it under control. I also know it's waiting in the wings, if I start to let things slip!
I know there are lots of you reading this who have more challenging illnesses/conditions to manage than I have. So if anyone is feeling stressed, please listen to what your body is telling you, try and keep things simple, balanced.
So this Christmas, I won't be rushing around, I shall take my time, everything will get done, eventually. Now, I'm just off to write my Christmas cards......
Sorry for the rather random photos...they were taken over the weekend, we did manage to decorate our tree, Mr Bea had a fab birthday dinner, and last night we went for our annual Christmas Winter Walk to see the local lights! Just lovely, family time, no need to rush....
Ada :) x