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    Keep Calm And Carry On

    What could go wrong? The closely planned days leading up to Christmas are organised to the minute. Breaks between client sessions are the opportunity to buy the last presents. Nativity performance tickets have been swopped to enable a broken filling to be fixed. Food shop to Aldi has been fixed in the diary. I had even managed to bank a blog with the aim to write extra ones to cover the busy days of Christmas. I was totally in control of the next 2 weeks. Silly me to think I had control of life because then it all fell down by my feet. My youngest has TONSILITIS!! Keep calm and carry on.

    As a consequence, my perfectly orchestrated diary became a frantic craziness of no sleep, screaming toddlers, struggles with medicine and early morning trips to walk-in clinics. My usual peaceful and fun loving 2 year old had turned into the fussiest dissatisfied child. He was in excruciating pain, where even the smallest drops of water cut him in half. He wouldn’t sleep, eat or drink. He was just content crying, screaming and hitting. I love my boy with every cell of my body, but at 2 am, with him screaming at me, and knowing I had a full day ahead, the calm inside was being fully tested! I kept on reminding myself to keep calm and carry on.

    In any case, we managed to get through the past few days and tonight, things look a bit calmer. He managed to sleep this afternoon; we have 3 doses of Penicillin in him (by holding him down and then him screaming at me for a further hour because he doesn’t like the taste) and he seems more at peace.

    So what will happen tonight? Who knows. I keep on saying my mantra keep calm and carry on. But I am sure we’ll get some kip at some point – and this is the reason why coffee is my best friend just now!

    What has this week taught me? Nothing really. It has served as a gentle reminder of 2 things:

    1. We can never be smug that we have it all sorted. Life has a wonderful way of ensuring that we are realise we aren’t completely in control of our destiny. That is a bit of a relief to me that life has a way of making things a bit more interesting.
    2. Don’t leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute!
    3. And remind yourself often ‘Keep calm and carry on!’

    Ultimately, I have managed to keep my appointments, the present shopping was done and we even have clean clothes (not quite put away but that’ll happen as some point). It looks like everything will be OK in the end even though it has been a challenging time. However, my son needs the hugs and everything else has to fit in around him. And it is. I just remember to keep calm and carry on!

    Feel like you could do with a helping hand through it all? All you have to do is fill in your name and email and I will send you my Increase Your Confidence mini series. It’s amazing how much easier life can be with good confidence and self belief.

     

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  • Posted by Alan Whitlock on December 20, 2016, 10:09 am

    I like your piece.

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