Isn't it strange how I, like many others, "put off" going to see the GP when we find something a little disturbing or worrying, and yet in the back of our mind we know that we really should. So after a little gentle persuasion from my wife it was off to see the doc at 08.40 after fighting through the typical Sleaford gridlock that is now such a common sight. Anyway, to cut a long story short it turned out that my "lump" was in fact a cyst (with some fancy name prefixed at the start of the description!), so it appears that my concerns were unfounded.....however!.......during the course of the examination the doc commented that i had "Scoliosis" of the spine !, in other words my back has a few extra bends more that it should have !
Apparently there is no cure as such for the affliction, but i suppose it is another good reason to try and loose some weight and eat less fry ups......not good news cos i love a nice egg,bacon and sausage. Why is it that all the things that I enjoy in life seem to be either illegal,immoral or bad for my health ?
This new news also explains why after nearly 4 weeks, the pain in my back is still there from the strain I experienced the day before we started our trip to (almost!) Morocco and back.I suppose that sitting crushed up in a car with no power steering, driving almost 4000 miles in under 9 days is not what would be deemed as a good idea, and certainly not conjucive with a fast recovery...so it's my own stupid fault for deciding to continue with the challenge........but it was sooooo worth it !
Joel Picker-Spence is going to be celebrating Christmas on Saturday, for reasons that I mentioned in an earlier blog entry. Myself and the kids will be popping over to drop off a nice pressie for him from ourselves and also one that Glen and Rachel have sent up from daan saath !. Actually I will be glad when he has it in his possession because my 5 year old son has been driving me bananas for the last week asking if he can have it (can't say what it is in case Joel reads this blog !), suffice to say i am sure that he will have many hours of fun with it as long as Andrew Jr doesn't try and pinch it when we leave :-).
And finally,a poem.One of my all time favourites !
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, 1927
Take care out there ! ;-)