Thank you 2013: Part 3 -Family and friends

The chance is there

“There was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”—from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

I cannot be right all the time

“‘Meanings is not important, said the BFG. ‘I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.'”—from The BFG

You are not alone -“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”—from Matilda

It doesn’t matter who you are – “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”                         —from The Witches

You will always look lovely – “You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”                                                                     —fromThe Twits

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“Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…” 
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

This year,I believe, for everyone has been a trying year. Everyone has been worried about money, bills rising, public transport reducing but being more expensive, job losses, people remaining in jobs pushed harder, family and friend relationships put under strain. Yet in the end we some how manage to come together and realise what is important.

For me after perhaps being/appearing to be selfish this year and not ask how others are I have found being there for one another, and doing our best to put a smile on the other person’s face, is the greatest gift you can give. After sat talking with my Mum on Friday for several hours, going for Xmas drinks before I broke up for Xmas and seeing how much people care for me and one another is the best thing I could have received after such a busy month.

I want to thank My Mum, sister, Milo the Jack Russell for being there and getting me through 2013,  and to my adopted family of the walkers, South Leeds Radio and not forgetting Leeds Book Club. With your help and support I’ve finally started to believe in myself. I hope I can repay you one day.


Live in Leeds, then come and be a part of the family

oh and some more self help 😀

and how to evaluate the year:

and therapy as writing:

Thank you for reading



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