Encouragement (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Fandango posted the other day about how he just moved house, but he sounds like he’s getting back to normal and a short while ago he posted his Friday Flashback.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining too.

Actually I see today’s flashback as progress, although you probably won’t pick up on that. I started the blog mainly to chart my recovery, so many of the early posts are about my health. I then started getting back up to speed workwise, reskilling, looking for work, and I wrote a lot of stuff on that theme.

Nowadays, my writing is more general, I am less focussed on my health, work just trundles on, and I have regained some, at least, of my former interests.

I like to compare it to a football which has gone flat over time, where you pump air back into it, it gets more and more inflated to the point where it can be used once again. That’s the recovery process. Better, bit by bit.

As for my post, you can judge it for yourselves. It is from a year ago, although I can’t remember what the motivation was, but as far as I’m concerned, every word is still good. I try to read as many posts as I can, and I try to remember to like pretty much everything I read, just to show my appreciation for the time and effort its author spent writing it. If that small token helps somebody realise that their work is being read and appreciated, then I have helped.

Mister Bump

Tony Benn (1925 – 2014) was a British politician who never quite reached the top but who had a long career, including spells as a cabinet minister. He retired from Parliament in 2001, as he said it, to devote more time to politics. He was an avid diarist throughout his life, and as a retiree embarked on a series of sell-out tours, just where he used to talk about his views on different subjects. Even for a veteran politician, his views resonated with a younger audience, winning a poll in a politics programme as their Political Hero in 2007 – not bad for someone who’d been retired for six years!

On the other side of the coin, he is not always remembered so fondly. While I remember the opposition politician who happened to be on the right side (i.e. same side as me!) of many issues, my friend (who…

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