Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

Storytelling Starters ~ On the bright side

In prospect, a hospital appointment for physiotherapy felt like more than I needed. What a surprise was in store! The session proved an energising mix of exercises, some with simple equipment, some without, and all of it supervised by a very nice young chap who made it all feel straightforward and do-able.

Another treatment session the previous week had felt equally unwanted in prospect. Another journey on the bus, another half-day used up on a hospital visit … but that, too, had proved an absolute pleasure because it turned out to be a foot reflexology session with a really lovely woman who even sent me away with something you might call a smell-stick to help induce a peaceful sleep each night.

How lucky I feel that we have an NHS that has dreamt up such a range of services which it offers for free. How different it would be if I had to walk miles through the heat along dusty roads to a health centre or hospital where there might not even be a doctor, let alone exercise equipment or a smell-stick.

I look around my study. Radio, printer, phone, carton of A4 paper, box of paper clips, pencils and pens, bottle of ink, notebooks, dictionaries etc. etc. etc. What an array of useful stuff including two filing cabinets, one big, one small, and a large old wooden cupboard with plenty of room for storing stuff – let alone the fact that I do have a study, a room of my own where I can think and read and write.

It’s been a hell of a year. But I am conscious of feeling lucky. I have so much for which to be grateful – including you lovely people who read this blog. Thanks. I have no idea how many of you there are (and I’ve never actually bothered to find out because it’s something I don’t need to know). But I do know who some of you are and that’s very special to me. The knowledge that thoughts are being shared feels like an important part of my good luck.

PS: We are now in my favourite time of the year. Last year at about this time, we were visiting friends in Canada and my two photos this week were taken there.  Happily – because I love Autumn colours – their Autumn was as beautiful as Autumn can be.

3 Responses to “Storytelling Starters ~ On the bright side”

  1. Meg Philp Says:

    Lovely post, Mary.

  2. Clare Winstanley Says:

    Dear Mary
    Enjoy all the smelly business. Sounds great!!

  3. Pam Says:

    Loved your post, Mary. And as well as all the things you are grateful for, I am also grateful for the internet, where I can read your post from Swakopmund, Namibia! And be able to wattsapp with family members in the far-flung parts of the world. Isn’t it all amazing?!

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