#TeamDuke

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View From The Ground

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me….You may not realise it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” —Walt Disney

As I woke this morning, I looked around, and just thought about what a lucky person I am. I love where we live – that was a good start.

Then, I thought about my wonderful son, Ben, in the next room. My son, best friend, and an incredible person – full of fun, charm, cheek, intelligence, and love.

In the room across from him was my beautiful daughter, Liv. My daughter, best friend and another incredible person – full of passion, determination, fun, intelligence, and love. They, of course, have a lot more but, in the unlikely chance they read this blog, I don’t want to embarrass them.

Just outside my door, in the 4th member of #TeamDuke – our beautiful cat, Zeekee. I hope she understands the love she brings to the house and the love we have for her. If someone had told me 12 months ago I would be so attached to an animal I would have questioned just how well they know me. But, attached I am / we are. She has seen us through our tough times and has provided a constant throughout – love!

I’m aware that through View From The Ground I have been quite expressive this year already. I have alluded to the tough time that we have faced without providing any detail. That will remain the case for many reasons, but primarily, I don’t believe in airing the dirty laundry in public; we all have to face tough times and ours compared to others are small; and my quest is to move forward and not keep looking back. Of course, I don’t want anyone to think I am playing ‘poor me’. I’ll leave that to others better qualified.

However, as I have said, I am going to focus a lot of the 2017 blogs on the theme of ‘❤ 2 …………’. The idea being to look at those things we can do to make this an incredible year. So far I have looked at ‘❤ 2 …………….. make things happen‘ and ‘👁 ❤ 2 …………….. be positive’.

But, as I thought though things this morning, I started to understand that my driving force for the theme of these blogs is #TeamDuke. We have talked about making 2017 an incredible year, and about the need to be, and remain, positive.

And, I guess, when writing about my blessing of #TeamDuke, I am hoping that it helps you to look at your own space and I feel the love that you have around you.

In reality, when I talk about #TeamDuke and refer to Ben and Liv (and Zeekee), the actual collective is so much bigger than that. We are blessed, yes blessed, to have such wonderful family and friends around us. People who send random messages checking on us, dropping round to the house because they felt compelled to come (you know who you are ❤), who provide hugs (I’m not tactile but I’ve learned to love hugs), invitations to go out for a beer, more hugs, and so on. To each and every person who have been there / are there, we truly love you. I know we will all make sure 2017 is bl00dy brilliant.

To those who have maybe presented the challenges that saw such a change in our life direction – thank you. Without intending it, you have been the catalyst for the beautiful creation that we call #TeamDuke. We are strong, we are happy, and we are #love. I dedicate this blog to you.

I appreciate this has been a little self indulgent but my intention is to provide hope to anyone facing adversity. The Walt Disney quote at the start of the blog is so true. I would recommend using that adversity to give you the strength to smash through any wall of doubt and be strong.

Have a great day.

Love from #TeamDuke

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