20 June 2013: Yesterday I had several mental doors open up as I heard news from a friend that their daughter in law, a 33 year old mother of three children has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I am now 20 months cancer free and have three boys myself and I just couldn’t stop thinking about her and her family and what they about to endure. It’s amazing how we can all get stressed about work, become frustrated in peak hour traffic and agitated at being 5 minutes late for footy training. We complain about the smallest things like our morning weetbix is too soggy or the day is too bleak. At the end of the day….does it really matter?

I’m just so lucky to be able to have Lake Burley Griffin on my doorstep which allows me headspace and solitude. For me there is no better way to unwind and unravel the mind.This morning’s smooth waters and calm conditions were exactly what I needed. This is why I love seeing the sun rise and the beginning of a new day. We are all so lucky. Make sure you take the time to hug your partner, your kids, pat your dog or cat and tell those that are important to you that you care and love them. Have a good a day.




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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

2 thoughts on “Solace

  1. Thanks Paul. Sorry to read of the diagnosis of your friend’s loved one. I am the Secretary of Brain Tumour Alliance Australia Inc. We can support this family with information and advice. See If they are in Canberra I co-convene the ACT BT support network. My email is Regards Susan (also a Dragons Abreast paddler that sees you on the lake from time to time)

    • Hi Susan,
      Thankyou so much for that, I will pass on the details ASAP. We are so lucky to have such great support available. Thanks for getting in contact, much appreciated. I look forward to catching up with you out on the water …..or should I say watching you go flying by 🙂
      Kind Regards…. Paul

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