Reasons to be cheerful part 1

I am known for my relentless positivity. It has served me well at work and at home, even if it can be irritating for those around me. But I have to confess that this past week has been tough to stay positive, even for me. No family at Christmas. Significantly increased risk for me and others catching Covid-19. Friends getting sick. Our Orkney trip in January looking increasingly unlikely. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and with my retirement this week it was meant to be special. I feel cheated.

But that is an unhelpful feeling for me. So I am determined to find a top ten reasons to be cheerful.

  1. I am healthy and if we stay isolated I expect to stay healthy
  2. I have many friends and family
  3. I am super lucky to be able to retire at a relatively young age. Mandy & I look forward to many adventures.
  4. I am so grateful to my many friends at NatWest for an incredible set of virtual leaving events.
  5. I have had some amazing Christmases and will do so again
We stayed at Swinton Park last Christmas
  1. This too will pass. In just a few months we will look back on this sad time as something from history
  2. Our Orkney trip has not been cancelled, just postponed, and maybe this takes the pressure off for when we move our narrowboat to England
  3. We are still having a lovely day on 25th, when this blog publishes, with excesses of fine food, drink and seasonal cheerfulness
  4. Zoom means we get to see as well as hear our relatives
  5. The days are getting longer.

To quote Bollywood film “Om Shanti Om”:
“Today I believe that just like the films, in life too, everything is okay in the end. Happy ending. And if it’s not so, it’s not the end. The film isn’t over yet my friend.”

Happy Christmas my friends,

Pete’s First Blog after 20 Years of Blogging

For nearly 20 years I have written a weekly blog in my work – at the Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, the Co-op, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. Hundreds of my colleagues used to look forward to reading them each Friday.

I am now retiring and the time has come to go public with my words. For those that want to follow me, I will tell you stories of my retirement journey, currently planning to spend time in Orkney and then travelling the British canals on our narrowboat. I will also reflect on life lessons and what they mean to me.

I promise to keep my blogs short, and if they work, to write them weekly. They will make you smile, and make you think.



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