Forging forward through triumphs and disasters 180



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Last year, I started a “Happy Box” which is a pretty little box into which I put notes about good things. Small triumphs, happy moments, good luck stories.

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 2.27.39 PMSo when I opened it at the end of the year all sorts of happy memories were there. This year I have decided to choose a photo that sums up each month of the year. A photo that portrays the essence of the month.

For January I have chosen one taken on the last day, our anniversary of 55 years married. All those years, all that blood sweat and tears! I think it still shows we can smile in spite of what life throws at us.

January was a challenge alright, I won’t depress you by listing every obstacle that came our way. But apart from trying to pay the bills and keep afloat there was a constant background of health problems, then our beloved cat had to be put to sleep. You get the picture and probably have far worse to deal with.

My normally happy outlook on life took a bit of a battering. I admit this month I have ranted, and been on an emotional switchback ride; there were a couple of days when I let it get to me and tears flowed. Perhaps they are healing though?

Yet we finished the month still together, grateful for our friends, for the beauty of the place we live, and we were still able to laugh and keep going. So, to anyone else facing a harrowing time we send our good wishes, and hope you too can battle through.


What did January entail for you? And what are the things you are grateful for?  



Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Jacqui you and Brian are so “real”, no wonder you have been together for 55 years. Many congratulations and many more to come.
    Seems to me (knowing you and Brian only from Starts at Sixty) that your strength is both individual and joint so that you can have a dreadful month, but come through because you both accept that it is just one of those months, not the end of the world.

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    • Thanks Karen, and so many others have far worse, you only need to look around you, have so much to be grateful for really. Just now and then get a bit swamped, so have to swim like mad to get back on firm ground!

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