Changes

Dear Readers,
A Long Hot walk!

There is a major transition, a change, happening in Mr. and Mrs. UT's lives soon. Hubs is retiring!
Yikes!! 
Or Yay!!

All depends on my frame of mind, ha!

The good news is, we like each other a lot, and one of the keys to our long standing marriage is we like to play together. We love to golf, bike, hike, and just hang out. 
However, retiring was hard for me. It was a huge change I was not prepared for, and I went into a deep depression and my drinking increased. 
I kept warning Mr. UT it might be harder than he thinks, but he wanted to do it while he could still be active and enjoy doing things. And he is not me!!

Changes can be hard, but life is change.

I am looking at this life change as a positive for both hubs and me!

I happened to find a poem, called, "Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers", by Muriel Strode. You can read the whole poem here.
Found on Our Walk

Every line has much meaning, but there were several that spoke to me today. 



"I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail."

If you are working hard at getting sober and staying sober, don't be afraid. Make your own trail away from your drinking life. I understand this is hard. Yet, the courage to step out into the unknown is the beauty as well as the struggle.

"Better than tiaras—the diadem of freedom.
Better than broad acres—a garden of hearts-ease.
Better than mines of gold—a mint of dreams.
Better than bars of molten silver—the silver of a laugh.
Better than strings of pearls—the crystal of a tear.
Better than bands of choristers—a lute in the soul."

This is the heart of life, I think. 
Which brings me back to gratitude. 
For it seems I always come back to gratitude these days.
For it seems the little things, the clean sheets, the flowers watered, that bring me joy.
For it seems the love of my husband, his strong hands, that speak to me.
For it seems I have so much and I can give much.
And I am thankful.

With Love,
On Day1474,

Wendy

PS - My 93 year old mother flew out from Idaho to visit us and her other daughter! She is amazing! My mother is a testament to being brave, courageous, and learning to live with life changes!




Comments

  1. Congratulations mr UT. I expect you will have many amazing adventures.
    Ove to you
    Anne

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  2. Exciting news, Wendy; a new adventure for you both. I love the photo of you and your Mom; two beautiful ladies! xx

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    1. Thank you, Lori! I love this photo, too!
      xo

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  3. Congratulations Mr. UT. Trust me, retirement is very fulfilling, enjoy that which you’ve worked for. Wendy, beautiful photo of you and your Mom 💜
    xo Deborah

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    1. Thank you, Deborah! I think he will love it!
      xo
      Wendy

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  4. Beautiful, just like you. Thanks for your honest views and your continued teaching us to navigate through life.

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    1. Hi Todd! Fun to see you here! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful support for me!
      xo

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  5. What a beautiful post. xx Many happy days ahead with Mr UnTipsy methinks. Congrats to you both x

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  6. Oh boy, are you two going to have some fun! Congratulations to Mr UT and to you: Thank you for another wonderfully uplifting take on living sober. I'm doing well and at times I wonder if an alien- a good one- has taken control of me. Issues that I've struggled with my entire life, including during the 9 years sober I had once upon a time, are essentially gone. I am sober in every sense of the word. Amen. <3

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    1. I am so glad for you, Elizabeth! I feel the same way, as if I have finally accepted life.
      Big Hugs!
      xo

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  7. Always good to read you news Wendy. Love and best wishes to you both. Flossie x

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    1. Thank you, Flossie! I hope you are well!
      xo

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  8. I'm exciting for you guys as you start your next chapter! So many incredible things you are always up to, just add this one to the mix!

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    1. Thank you, Mark! I have 5 more days of freedom! Lol
      xo

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  9. Exciting times ahead! I also love clean sheets, the little things are becoming the big things for me. xxx

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    1. Which reminds me, I need to change them today! Lol
      xo

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  10. Oh the playing you will do together! Congrats to Mr. T!!
    Your mother looks adorable, the apple did not fall far from the tree!

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    1. Thank you, Lia! It will be an adjustment, but we think we will love it!
      xo

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  11. Congratulations on retiring Mr UT I hope you both love it!

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