"The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present." Barbara De Angelis
I read this today and was glad it was one of the truths I discovered a long time ago. I think my profession helped me understand it back when I was very young, still in my early twenties. If a teacher harbours grudges she will not be happy in her job. A classroom is one of the situations in which a short memory is an asset. Every day has to be a new day.
Oh, I have forgotten the lesson at times ... I'm still not very forgiving toward the incompetent doctor who misdiagnosed and mistreated my broken dislocated finger ... and I still do not trust the Hull and Gatineau hospitals ... but generally speaking I forgive easily ... and indeed, often forget as well.
Old spouses and lovers have long ago been forgiven. As have my parents. I think once I understand why an adult acts as he does, it is easier to get over a hurt, a fear, or a bit of cruelty.
Thank you, Barbara De Angelis, for the reminder.
I am nursing a flu bug. Well actually, I am treating myself very gently, and enduring the flu bug, swatting it with regular blasts of Cold FX which bolsters my white blood cells' ability to do the actual fighting. I am also fueling my immune system with Vitamin C and drinking plenty of hot teas and water ... (and just a little wine). As well, I am dressing in cozy snuggly bugglies and an old cashmere turtleneck I brought back from Mongolia ten years ago.The sore throat began on Monday and my choice of treatment seems to be working well, as I am already feeling better today than I did yesterday.
And now we have our first winter storm arriving so I will be snowed in until I have the energy to dig myself out. This means that I likely won't be doing much besides resting and pampering myself until Saturday.
I do hope that we don't lose power. These winds are very strong and gusty ... the kind that hydro poles seem unable to withstand. And my wood supply has not yet arrived. I have a few bags of logs ... but not enough for any lengthy outage.
If necessary I will get Peter to help me pick up more logs tomorrow. I think he will be coming. And now that we have snow I can get my big order delivered next weekend.
I think I will start my gift for Le Hibou today ... the base coat anyway ... and then it will become something to play with. I am planning a Zentangle owl with just a single splash of colour.
Good thoughts needed by Pat, who is getting heavier doses of a stronger antibiotic to help her weakened immune system, and by Shea (Tamarak's dog) who is having surgery tomorrow. We hope it will be to remove the lump, not the front leg. Dogs are great at adjusting to three legs, but Shea loves to swim and that might be harder to manage than walking and running. Maybe we could fit him with a small rubber flipper-like prosthesis if it became necessary. Now there is a puzzle for an inventive engineer to solve!