It’s a bit difficult to reflect on things when you’ve spent most of your life reacting to opportunities rather than creating them. However, the past year has been both uplifting and sobering.
Moving back to Australia was exciting, enhanced by “camping out” in our new home. Working in Dubai, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia was stimulating, although it didn’t take up a lot of my time. Settling into semi-retirement was difficult, and I never seemed to get around to doing the things I had planned to do. Then, out of the blue, major heart surgery and the subsequent recovery took out the last third of the year. Now, with the New Year looking great, my right knee has just collapsed on me, putting a very large damper on things.
However, it is beginning to dawn on me that, despite some health issues, I certainly am lucky, and that I really do live in The Lucky Country. I know that there are many folk, quite a few living nearby, who would not feel that way about themselves. So, my New Year’s resolution is to appreciate what I have, and be as nice to as many people as possible. We’ll see how it goes.