… ‘I thought I was badly off when I had no shoes… then I saw a man with no feet’… #TBSU…

…a wee self-indulgent detour from my normal style of blog content today… I’m sure most of yeez have seen the header phrase above at some time or other… a half a lifetime ago, in the early eighties, this ol’ Jurassic was given mere weeks to live by doctors in a hospital in Singapore… I’m not about to detail the whys and wherefores of that time, but suffice to say, surviving the episode left me with a profoundly different take on the WURLD and all its ails… personal perspective changed 180 degrees… there was no blinding epiphany, or dramatic conversion to a specified religion, for example… I leave that for others to experience should they so desire… I attempt to proselytise no-one… ever… I can just tell yeez I only deal in two types of day todaygood days and better days… even if my a*se is falling off, so long as I can breathe, compared to where I was thirty-plus years ago, that’s a good day, anything up from that is already a better day… for my pals on here, and others who have genuine pressures and stresses, (I think I can recognise these), I empathise with them 100%… however, across the SOSYAL NETWURKS, I read many posts and entries from folks who complain, whine, feel-the-universe-is-ganging-up-on-them… the bitterness is often palpable… mundane things become unbearable catastrophes (yeez’ve all seen what I’m talking about)… I don’t respond to any of those… neither in replies on line, nor indeed in giving any of it headroom in amongst what’s left of my wee grey cells… instead, I reflect inwardly on some of the real issues on the planet… the enormous human tragedies occurring all around us… the Gaza/Israeli situation (in which, publicly, I take no sides, but have my own thoughts on the matter, which I will keep to myself)… the starvation in under-developed areas across the globe… the Ukraine/Russia debacle… the missing kidnapped girls in Africa… the double/triple-speak from politicians of all hue internationally…the list could stretch for pages and pages… and I’m truly thankful, and grateful, that just for today, most of my own troubles are of the ‘high-class’ variety… thanks for letting me share that with yeez… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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22 responses to “… ‘I thought I was badly off when I had no shoes… then I saw a man with no feet’… #TBSU…

  1. laurie27wsmith

    My mother used to roll that saying out quite often Seumas. it’s one of life’s truisms.

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    • ,,,cheeeeeers, Laurie …have a great day, that man 🙂


      • laurie27wsmith

        Thanks Seumas. We all like to have a whinge now and then, I’ve been banging on about going to see a dental surgeon and the thought hit me that I’m lucky. I have access to top line dental care. Then you think of all the poor buggers in the world who don’t have enough to eat, never mind teeth to chew with. 😦

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  2. I am so there with you Seumas. Can’t speak for anyone else, but I feel that now I have a somewhat public presence, and I ought to keep political opinions close to the chest, because I simply don’t want to anger a potential fan. Narcissistic as that may be, I worry that if I shout out my indignation at the terrible things I see around me the possible reader will turn into the no way reader, and I don’t like the idea of that. Instead, I will just write with emotion and hope that will be enough.

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    • ..agree 100%, Lockie… I’m dismayed by the floods of one-sided comments and rants… for example pro-Abama and Anti-Obama… Israel, non-Israel… FB is supposed to be a ‘friends’ forum (in my not so ‘umble opinion), so I behave on here as I would at a cocktail party or invited dinner evening,… I was always advised to steer clear of things like politics, religion, sexism, etc… of course, I have my own views on most things,, as we all do, and some of those I’m very strong on, but share them privately where it’s appropriate …old school maybe, but it WURKS for me!! cheeeeers, that man 🙂

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  3. You have a great attitude to life Seumas and you’re right, we need to get our problems into context with some of the horrors happening out there.
    Like you I won’t publicly take sides on the situation with Israel/Gaza but I will say the killing has to stop as it needs to stop everywhere if we’re to prove we really are the highest life form around, We’re hard pressed to prove it at the moment.
    Here’s hoping your days go on improving.
    All the best.

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  4. Molly Ann Wishlade

    Hiya lovely, love the post! We have to be grateful for what we have don’t we because tomorrow who knows if it will still be there. Hugs! xxx

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  5. and that’s why i luv u so, seumas )

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  6. Life is a gift, not a given….great post!

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  7. I for one Sir, am extremely grateful that the docs cocked up your diagnosis and the you are still here on the planet to remind us of what is truly important… waking up breathing with the ability to take joy from evey minute of every day. Like they say 10% is what happens to you and 90% is how you deal with it.

    I think they’d kick the bucket if I mailed them, so sending virtual sunflowers your way instead of real ones (they’re in bloom here right now….you can even picture them van Gogh style If you like…) 🙂 I hope you have an awesome day. Thank you for being you!

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  8. Crazy Albert agreed wholeheartedly with you, man.

    Everything’s relative.

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  9. Time Traveler

    Glad you are still with us. Enjoyed your blog could almost hear you speak, and you wear a kilt, too!

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    • ..thank you, m’Lady… if you care to click on the wee video at the side of my blog, you can hear what I sound like… don’t try it at home without a safety net! 🙂 cheers ,,, have a great week 🙂


  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Near misses have a way of bringing what is important back into focus – besides which it is quite nice to catch up with those who pronounced sentence on you to say hi and how have you been for the last 20 years…thanks Seumas and I hope you enjoy your trip to the Isles for the music festival – I am sure it will be a wonderful visit.


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