Having been for a swim at the iconic Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia at 7.00am today and being delightfully surprised by the arrival of our youngest son with his girlfriend from Sydney, I came to realise how blessed I am. Yes, one other son plus his family couldn't make it due to his being on call for his Hospital over Christmas, but four out of five is pretty damned good!
That set me thinking about life and what a great gift it is for most people. It struck me that life is GIFT, and not a human right. None of us deserve to be on this amazing Blue Planet, but here we are. The other thing that came to me as I gazed at the beautiful ocean was that time is running out.
Not only is life a gift, but it's also a finite gift - and the sands of time never cease their activity in the hourglass that is our lives.
So my wish for myself and for everyone is that we value our lives and the lives of others: that we don't take life for granted, and that we all use the time remaining to us to discover and use the gifts that we have, not only for our own betterment, but also for the benefit of our families and the communities in which we live.
I wish you all a wonderful and adventurous 2018.