Well, I'm happy to report that reports of my demise were greatly exaggerated to paraphrase the great writer Mark Twain. It was rough going for nearly a month, as I had pneumonia with a few complications. It was a bit rough psychologically as well, you see I(perhaps overly) prided myself as being fit and healthy. I exercise, eat right etc. But this thing blindsided me and I was knocked for the proverbial loop. Besides feeling really bad, it robbed a control freak like me of any control. You just plain and simple don't get a vote! You can't pull yourself up by the bootstraps, you are incapacitated. In fact, any attempt to do that can cause further problems... I learned that the hard way.
There came a point where I was so down that couldn't think a positive thought for several days and I had a glimpse of what true madness is like. I have a new appreciation and respect for folks who overcome serious illness. The mental hurdle looms much larger than the physical.
As time wore on,I began to notice that fleeting, simple thoughts of pleasant moments would pop up now and again and I began to dwell on them. Little things like crabbing with my son off the pier at our Chincoteague Vacation rental this past summer, or having an ice cold vodka cocktail on the deck with my friend and partner Larry Warwick during Pony Penning Week. I began to think about how great my wife is and of all my friends from The Chincotegue Blueberry Festival and the Chincoteague Daffodil Festival. In general I began to feel grateful to be alive and living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I also got some positive encouragment from friends like Jon and Jane Richstein of Sundial Books, Donna Bozza and others. Luckily, my assistant Cindy was there for me as always and kept things under control. Thank God for email because talking on the phone was just too hard.
I started to believe that I would get well because I had been experiencing serious doubts about that. As this process built up steam, I began to heal very slowly but I could feel the subtle change from sickness to health with the accompanying positive mental attitude. I also had a great physician in Tom Hollandsworth of Onley Medical. I can't say enough good things about him...one in a million that Doctor Tom is.
An important person in my life used to muse that the reason certain concepts get to be known as "trite" is very often because they are so spot-on that they get "beat to death," so to speak. We then tend to disregard their inherent truth because the wisdom almost seems trivial. But it's not... So here's a trite and true nugget for you...notice and enjoy every moment of your life. And here's another one, "Shower the people you love with Love." It could all be over in a instant, be grateful for every precious part and don't miss a thing.
It's good to be back in the Land of the Living! I look forward to another great year presenting my take on the wonderful Chincoteague Island and hope to provide some insight for planning your Chincoteague Island Vacation.
Until the next time...
P.S. Here is Evelyn Shotwells Out & About for the coming week. Of course, Evelyn is the Office manager at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and she never misses a thing that's happening on Chincoteague. For more information you can contact the Chiincoteague Chamber at 757-336-6161
Weekend’s almost here!! At least temps are above freezing. Looks like it might be a wet start to the weekend. Hopefully it won’t be a total washout. Enjoy the ducks, swans, snow geese, herons and other wildlife “out & about” on the refuge. Not too cold to bundle up and go for a walk.
Here are some indoor things coming up in the next week or so to enjoy as well.
OUT & ABOUT
January 23: Bowen McCauley Dance at Nandua High School at 8:00 p.m. Witty and powerful, this eclectic dance group performs an exciting repertoire relished by dance lovers all over the country. Call 757-302-0366 or visit www.acesva.org for ticket information.
January 26: Hospice Grief Support Program at Hospice Resource Center at 6309 Church St—1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
January 26: Broadband Information Meeting at Waterside Inn, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 7:00 p.m.
January 28: Eastern Shore of Virginia Continuum of Care will be conducting its annual Point in Time Homeless Count between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Participating agencies are the Foodbank, Department of Social Services, Telemon, Regional Housing Authority, Public School Board Offices, Eastern Shore Rural Health, Sheriff’s Department, ESAAA/CAA. For more information, contact the Foodbank at 757-787-2557.
January 30: 2nd Annual Chincoteague Pancake Eating Contest at Mr. Baldy’s Restaurant at 10:00 a.m.—Call 757-336-1198 for details. Lots of winter fun! See how you “stack up”!!
January 31: Eastern Shore Wedding Expo at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center—12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 757-789-5927 for details. An opportunity for you to make wedding dreams come true. Meet local caterers, florists, reception vendors, hair & makeup consultants, photographers, gown and tux retailers, and other wedding service providers.
February 3, 2010—Annual General Membership Meeting at the Chincoteague Center – 7:45 a.m. – Light breakfast, networking time, guest speaker Steve Potts of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, and sponsor Waste Management of Delmarva. Come and enjoy!!
2010 CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND VISITOR’S GUIDES ARE at the Chamber.
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