Be Thankful… Today


Happy times with my brother Paul


I don’t usually write heartfelt blogs but today I decided I would like to share my thoughts.


The 25th of May is the anniversary of my brothers death, a man taken from us all way too soon due to a brain haemorrhage, and not long after his passing I then lost my Father and also my Mother, therefore it is fair to say that around this time I always feel a little ‘odd.


Paul was my older brother, someone I looked up to, especially in the 70’s when I’d watch him getting ready for a night on the town, red shirt, white jacket, wooden beaded necklace and flares so big you could camp out under them, but for those not old enough to know, trust me, it was a good look at the time.



My parents passing was due to dementia, and arranging three funerals and reading three eulogies in succession is not something I would wish to do again, or wish on anyone else for that matter.


The reason I am writing this today is NOT for sympathy but instead to ask you to remember your loved ones and your abilities, precious things that we have with us today, and to ask that you not to take these for granted, but embrace what you have and make the most of it.


In the past I have referred to such examples as a broken leg or a broken arm and the fact that it is not until you suffer from a broken leg that you then want to play football, go for run or even just take a long walk, and this is the same for a broken arm or wrist, it is not until this moment that you want to throw a ball or skim a stone.


So if you happen to be so lucky as to NOT have a broken leg or a broken arm, do not wait until then to throw that ball or go for that walk, do it now.



If you want to do something, stop putting it off, do it today.



People say:


‘You only live once’

Not true, you only die once, you LIVE every day, so don’t waste it.



Being an Irish family it seems tradition that we toast our departed, therefore, perhaps  tonight you may wish to join me in raising a glass…


‘To absent friends’



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