not like wildebeest…

Ongoing issues with my back have prevented me from sitting at my laptop for any length of time. Funny how we humans can adjust our routines to accommodate unforseen circumstances.  Not all species are as fortunate as ours. In fact the poor wildebeest comes to mind.

I can remember feeling utterly hopeless for the poor animals as I watched a TV documentary long ago which showed the wildebeest traveling the same route as its ancestors when the seasons changed. Despite the often treacherous terrain they would press on, even when it meant the weak and young would be like lambs led to slaughter. For crossing the river they would undoubtedly encounter hungry crocodiles eagerly awaiting their next meal. curve.jpg

While I have tried various and sundry things to eradicate the pain in my lower back, including chiropractic adjustments, massages, rest, exercise, and medication, I’ve continued to prepare for Christmas. Of course it’s taking me a lot longer than in years past. However I’ve learned to lower my expectations. I’ve made it a point to cut myself some slack. I focus upon what does get done, rather than what doesn’t. And I’m content with that.

From my perspective, middle-age, life is for savoring what’s good. When I’m unable to shut down at 2 a.m., my mind still abuzz with words, I find a smile spreading across my lips as I contemplate my blessings. And I count them…as the old adage suggests. Among them…my continued desire to write…and the devotion of those who continue to read…what I write. Although the number of hits has dwindled, I’m still amazed at the few who still stop by, leaving a comment, liking a particular post…no matter that it’s weeks old.

So as I struggle with ongoing aches and pains, my spirit feels the healing salve of others’ well-wishes. The holidays are upon us., and we are all preoccupied with making them the best they can be, regardless of our circumstances. I’m hopeful that 2012 will see the road we travel…more forgiving of our human frailties. For unlike the wildebeest…

…we do have a say in the matter…we can change the course…of our lives…

………hugmamma.  😉

6 thoughts on “not like wildebeest…

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your back. Take care of yourself. We’re not as young as we used to be.

    Don’t worry about your stats. As long as you enjoy what you are doing, that’s all that matters.

    Haven’t been around much lately. But you’re still on my RSS feed with Google reader. Hopefully, come January, we’ll all get back on track.

    Take care of yourself.


    • Thank you so much Christine for affirming what I’ve already decided…after some deliberation. Life is for living…and I’ll get back to blogging as I’m able. Having good friends like you in my life on an ongoing basis means more to me than stats. My love of writing will always have me returning to blog, but my husband and daughter and pets will always be my first priority. Life is short…I won’t get a second chance…at doing it over. huge hugs…hugmamma. 🙂


    • Checked out your website and the disclaimer about guaranteeing the possibility of getting actual jobs. Looks like you sell your services as a middle person “helping” writers of any caliber, good, bad, or indifferent. Sounds too good to be true. Also seems like a gimmick to get people to pay you for something for which there is no guarantee. Hmmm…


hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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