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Pain

Pain emancipates.


DAVE’s Six-inch Spinal Surgery Scar

PAIN

Prisoners
sometimes,
of our own
making

Pain
frees us
from the bonds
of our minds

Physical
or emotional,
it’s inseparably
mental

Washed
in Pain’s waves
we can’t escape
truth

And truth
is the path
to freedom from
Pain

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” – US Marines as quoted (frequently :-D) by Dave, who has broken over 60 bones in his 54 years, mostly due to motorbike racing

“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” – Robert Gary Lee

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahlil Gibran, ‘The Prophet

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Unknown

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

On a personal note, it’s almost two weeks since Dave’s double spinal fusion and he’s recovering really well. After a challenging weekend with intense pain down his right leg and into his foot (the one that was going numb before the operation), he had a localized cortisone injection yesterday. It’s brought huge relief and the sparkle back to his eyes.

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Depression

Depression ↔ Distance

DARKENING DAM – Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

‘Pleasure,’ I say, returning the sincerity of his smile along with the document, duly signed. Absolute serenity marks the moment, disturbed only by the screeches of some Loeries outside. Just as he’s happy to feed them daily, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to help our friend. It’s wise to have a will, simple as that. Fit and strong as he is, it won’t be needed for decades, but still it’s good practise.

‘Give my regards to Dave,’ he waves, after we hug goodbye. ‘Sure. See you soon!’ Warm, breezy farewell, like the kiss of summer flowers sharing a field. Knowing that their neighbour will be there come sunrise. Only he isn’t. Not ever. Dear friend, had you any idea of how much we cared? Of the hole you would leave behind? If only our love could have reached across the Distance and dispersed the Darkness. If only we’d known it was there.

Quotes to consider:

“Depression is rage spread thin.” – George Santayana

“Deep, deep depression is the flip side of comedy. Casting agents don’t realize it but in order to be funny you have to have that other side.” – Parker Posey

“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.” – Ernest Hemingway
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Remembering Patrick Swayze

We were saddened to hear earlier this week of the passing of Patrick Swayze, one of Hollywood‘s Hottest 🙂 Like countless fans around the world, our sincerest thoughts are with his wife, family and friends. For us, this is a … Continue reading

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Tend to your health

We all know that a healthy body means a healthy mind, and that writing requires thinking. Without question, I write most easily when I feel good. Nutrition guru, Patrick Holford, takes this concept further with his brilliant book, Optimum Nutrition … Continue reading

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Mouth

Mouth = highway to health.

HIPPO MOUTH - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
HIPPO MOUTH – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“You are what you eat.” – Albert Signorella DDS. / Franklin P. Jones / possible others

“Health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!” – William Shakespeare
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Loneliness

Loneliness is an invitation to look within.

INTO THE SUNSET - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
INTO THE SUNSET – Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“It’s so lonely when you don’t even know yourself.” – Unknown

“Remember we’re all in this alone” – Lily Tomlin

“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” – Octavio Paz

“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.” – Albert Einstein
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Food, glorious food!

Big thanks to Paula Marais (friend, writing teacher, editor, author, publicist, etc!) of Logogog, for inviting me to the recent launch of Sharon Glass’s latest releases. We were treated to amazing inspiration and delectable snacks, as well as the opportunity … Continue reading

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