July 08, 2006

A Tranquil Weekend

It has been quite a week for me. After a month of compassionate leave from work, I decided to return to work on Monday. All my colleagues were very supportive, many just came up and gave me a big hug without saying anything, which was helpful as it showed me immense support but did not start me crying again. Sometimes, the words are just not enough and its best to just show the moral support. People are wonderful, it gives me a lot of hope that this world may have some awful events going on, and yet the beauty of people's compassion and caring does shine through in a crisis.

I had a 3 day course from Tuesday through to Thursday which was quite hard, but was positive in that it gave me something to focus on. Whenever my mind wandered to other things and I felt upset during the day, I just left the room for a few minutes and rejoined when I felt better. This is all new to me, I am taking each moment as it comes and trying to do my best.

Again, thanks for the beautiful comments you have left. I have been connecting frequently to read everything people have written and feel so positive and loved when I read what you have written. It is great to get some new people visiting my site and I hope that you will continue to visit me - I will be visiting you!

Next week I am on a field trip in Wales with the other 5 people who are on the same Graduate Development programme I am on. It is called "Leadership Essentials" and we will have to complete a series of activities during the week and report on what we have learned. We will also spend a day helping out at a Centre for underprivileged children, which will be amazing. I will take some photos during the week, so that you can see the beautiful scenery where we will be located. It is called The Brecon Beacons and it is classed as a UK outstanding natural beauty spot. As we have some free time, I am going to take a walk on my own some days to gather my thoughts and spend time with Mike, who I feel will be all around me in that stunning location .....

I hope you enjoy your weekend, do some great stitching and look forward to talking with you about my field trip when I return.

Ali xxx


Rowyn said...

Congratulations on going back to work, I'm sure it was a big step and not easy. It was good to hear that there was plenty of moral support from your colleagues. I look forward to seeing your photos of the Brecon Beacons, and hope that you enjoy the trip.

laura said...

Ali, mucha fuerza. Me alegra leer que poco a poco te vas recuperando. Es bueno saber que tus compañeros de trabajo te saben entender con un abrazo, a veces las palabras están de más. Ánimos y procura tener la mente ocupada, aunque el dolor no desaparezca, sí se irá mitigando.
un abrazo.

Mayté said...

Ali, you are a very strong woman going back to work now. I'm very proud of you! I will love to see the photos from your trip, please take many.

Hugs and Kisses

Von said...

Yes, you are strong, Ali. And so many people are kind and caring, would love to be able to lend you some strength when you need it. I'm glad you're seeing that in many different ways.
Can't wait to see your photos from Wales. I do hope to be able to spend some time there on my next trip to your island - whenever that may be :D

Lili said...

The support you are experiencing is great! I have also shown and been shown such strong and amazing support in difficult times, and I agree that this gives hope for the world's future.
Obviously, the love between you and Mike is so strong that it can overcome everything.
You are a wonderful person, Ali.
I hope you enjoy your field trip.
And, besides words, I send you a huge hug.
Take care!

vane said...

Que a legria ver tu comentario en mi blog!!! es muy nuevito todavia, le tengo que poner mas cositas. Espero nos sigamos visitando y claro que tienes una nueva amiga, besosssss

Nela said...

Hola Ali... me alegro saber de ti... y siemproy pendienete.... tu traquila dios no nos avandona....un besote

~Harsha~ said...

sending you big big hugs from Singapore Ali :)

Juanita - aka flosslady said...

Ali, I'm glad to hear that you are getting so much support. I know it must have been difficult to go back to work. You've shown quite a lot of strength and grace during this difficult time, and I'm sure things will continue to improve.

I was happy to see you finished the Welsh sampler. What a lovely design!

Carto said...

Hi Ali

Lovely to see you back again - and well done for going back to work - it was a very courageous and difficult thing to do, so plenty of pats on the back for you. Just remember not to try too hard and to not be too hard on yourself if you're feeling down. It's a bit like learning to walk again, so remember to take 'baby steps' and your strength will build. I'm always here for you and offer a listening ear whenever you need it (((Hugs)))