“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day.” – Simone Biles

Words are weird, aren’t they. But it’s great to have fun with them. They can also be therapeutic, or cathartic, which is certainly something I have found through the blogs. Almost a release. Mainly a positive release. But, I accept, occasionally a release of, perhaps, negative energy.

So, hello again to another weird working of words for the latest View From The Ground. I hope you are well and working towards the completion of a successful year. Obviously, success comes in different shapes and forms but the key is to have that feeling of it being – hopefully – the best one yet.

I’m already reflecting on the year with real positivity. Yes, there’s been some lows – to be fair, all with a dementor related common theme. Dementor? I’ll leave that hanging like a …………………. well, dementor.

Treading over old ground? I wish. Unfortunately, old ground has a habit of trying to trip you up.

However #TeamDuke / Durky have risen like a phoenix from the flames. Like a roller trying to straighten the path ahead.

It’s funny, as I’ve mentioned before, I have been criticised for some of the references made in these blogs to Ben and Liv’s mother and her partner. Those who see fit to criticise, feel free. Your opinion is just that; your opinion.

I was taught to be honest and I am being honest in my blogs. That’s all I will say. It’s tiring always observing the poor me tactics that are served to Ben and Liv. I’m sure you’ll be tired of reference to it. Sorry. I guess that I hope by being honest about things others will learn. Hopefully.

Anyway, let’s move on.

Christmas is coming and the level of excitement in #TeamDuke / Durky is rising. Ben, Liv, Aud, and Gaby are bursting for Christmas. Me? I’m riding on the wave of their enthusiasm.

It’s going to be a special Christmas for us all, for varied reasons. But it will be special. Those Yule Tide vibes are coursing.

But, the importance of everybody having somebody at Christmas cannot be over stated. It breaks my heart at any time of year to see genuine people living on the streets. People who have been dealt a monumentally horrendous card in their life. People who are on the street through no fault of their own. But at Christmas, it just feels worse. The government is full of false statements of sorting the problem but they and many local councils do nothing to support those in need our help.

I’m not talking about people who choose to walk away from reality. I’m talking about people who have lost their job, who have no money and are kicked out on the streets.

I think we all have a responsibility to raise our voices; make some noise and work towards making a change. Let’s make sure the homeless don’t feel alone.

Okay, so far, that’s a dig at the ‘ex’, a rant and a rile at governments. What next? Let’s be positive.

As we step into Christmas and draw another year to a close, I do start to reflect on what I have learned. And the answer is …………………… love to love; love to live; and love to laugh. Now, the latter would make anyone I work with laugh out loud as, I accept, I am a real grump at the moment. Lots on my mind, lot to sort out etc. However, break through the armadillo like shell and, you’ll see, I’m laughing inside.

I’ve been blessed this year. I have found my true partner in Audrey. Found? Yes, I know, we work at the same company. However, little did we know. But, Audrey, aka The Wee One, is magic on two legs. I’ve talked before about her gift of unconditional love. When you are lucky enough to be brought together with such magic, it’s a true blessing. Thank you.

Watching Ben and Liv grow this year has been inspirational. Despite side show distractions they have grown beyond recognition. Thank you.

Gaby has now entered our world and brought such happiness to Ben. A welcome addition to the Team. Thank you.

Ringo and Zeek have provided such love to the family home. Yes, the family home has been restored to its finer self – rather than the sacred launchpad for the ascendancy to the 12th dimension to regress to a past life and heal the world. Now, it’s home to #TeamDuke / Durky. Thank you.

Sounds like a bit of a year ending blog. Well, watch this space for that. At some point I need to get the Bl00dy book sorted. That’s a great sales pitch – here’s my Bl00dy book. Please buy it! I’ll have a think about a better sales campaign.

And, there it is. You’ll (be) tired of my rants, I certainly am. However, that’s it. Done. No more. I’ve cleaned out the closet. Said what was there. Probably too many times. I’ve had the blog checked to ensure its content is okay. It’s from the heart and, from here on in, that heart will grow from the love that TeamDuke / Durky feed it.

So, until the next time, love to all.



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