A Festive Days’ Message

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“Festive days been treating you well?” I messaged a close friend just after Boxing Day this year.

To our utter shock, he replied that he was in hospital with a stroke.

We normally remember our friends in our morning and evening prayers. We now say a special prayer for him every day.

We have also now reviewed our meals, lifestyle and other routines, and I spent this last morning of 2017 relaxingly pottering about in our small garden.

Some years ago my work (sadly for the third time in my life) became my Number One Priority, resulting, once more, in serious health issues. After a dash in a taxi during rush hour early one morning the heart surgeon shocked me by saying that if we had ignored the event, he would have been talking to a widow that evening. He placed me on medication and I foolishly still kept up a hefty work schedule. However, one morning at a moment’s thought, I decided to stop working. I gave six weeks’ notice and happily walked out of the office door my last working day.

Since then I have retired. My priorities have not changed.

For me, the order of priorities, have once again been confirmed:

  1. Our Creator
  2. Life
  3. My spouse and our health.
  4. Family and other relations.
  5. Personal safety.
  6. This space left open for now.

This does not mean we place our friends last. In fact, even before I retired, “work” was in position 7. I left position 6 open just so that I could distance “work” away from the first five items.

Hence, in closing this, my last blog of 2017, I prompt you to think about your priorities.

We wish you all a healthy, safe, prosperous and “paced” 2018.

Thank you for reading my blogs during 2017.

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