Weekly Round Up
Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.
This weekly round-up of your blogs started as a place to gather together the strands of our collective breast cancer experience each week. I try to keep it as breast-cancer specific as much as possible, which poses a dilemma for me when you go “off-topic” 😉 And yet, I strongly support the notion that we are so much more than our disease, and our lives are made up of so many other experiences too. It’s been particularly challenging over the past few months as so many of you have been commenting on the election. I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum, and while I have my own views, I don’t want to favor one side over the other here in this space. This week as the Presidential inauguration took place, your blogs became a space to express your thoughts again. I want to acknowledge this, but hope you understand if I don’t comment beyond posting links here to those of you have blogged thoughtfully and with so much concern on this topic – Nancy, Katie, Elizabeth, Audrey, and Katy.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere this week… an exquisite evocation of the different manifestations of love written by Catherine.
Caroline has been reflecting on the different kinds of friendship we have in our lives.
Rebecca‘s Babadook-inspired post resonated very much with me.
Finally, a beautiful reminder of the value of cultivating integrity in our lives from Philippa:
I feel that if ever there is a word which we all need today, it is integrity. Do the right thing. Even, nay especially, if no one is looking. In our private and personal lives we have that constant responsibility to act with utter integrity. In our professional capacities, we must remain authentic and true to our values. As social beings, we must remain respectful, do what is right for each other and stand up for those whose voices are not heard or are misheard…. Yesterday has already gone, retreating slowly and steadily further into the past. The day after yesterday is today. Today is the day we are in, for each one of us to play our part to shape the day after today. Tomorrow. And all of our tomorrows.
Until next week,
Yours with love
A very thoughtful and considered Round Up, so appropriate given the complex mood of the world in these times and most respectful.
Your words about the common thread of our blogs, being our breast cancer diagnoses, but that not defining us, are very well made too. There is a fine balance which many of us find ourselves trying to find that in our blogs.
Thank you so much for including and highlighting my words. I have been reflecting a great deal and it meant such a lot to see that they resonated.
Much love from the African hills