Breaking the Silence

It’s been quite a while since I last posted and I would like to thank all those who were kind enough to get in touch to ask  if everything was okay.

It’s been a difficult period but the story is not mine to tell. I’m glad to report, though, that the sun is beginning to break through again, however tentatively.

The fragility of life has been at issue and it’s been a time of heightened sensitivity to everything that it is so easy to take for granted.

As always, the ebb and flow of the sea has brought immense comfort. While the world has seemed like a very uncertain and shakey place, the sea has continued to be its beautiful self – rising and falling at the predicted times.

Tonight, I would urge everyone to take time to count their blessings and stop, stop fretting about ‘stuff’ that doesn’t matter one weenchy bit in the grand scheme of things.

Sleep tight, Dear Friends, and thanks for your kindness.

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Sunrise over Tramore Bay, Co.Waterford

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

64 thoughts on “Breaking the Silence”

      1. I have been on and off wp these past weeks and have missed many posts, but the kindness you’ve shown is never forgotten, even when I am not here. To know there is something in your world that is impacting you, that matters to me, you matter to me, even when I am sometimes very quiet in comments. xoxo

  1. Nice to see a post from you as I thought perhaps I had just been missing your posts. May the sun and sea continue to brighten your world. You are so right about stuff that does not matter in the bigger picture of life. I have to remind myself every day to count my blessings and to not worry about stuff that I cannot change. Peace and joy to you! The sunrise is beautiful and brings hope for another day!

  2. You were on my mind Jean and I hesitated to get in touch becasue I thought you might need the space and quiet as it were. But so glad you are back and I do hope that life is on the improve for you and yours. I agree it is easy to get caught and not appreciate the good we have in life:):)

  3. This morning I was thinking of you, and here you are! My inbox is overflowing with unread emails and I’ve lost control. This new job is sucking my time and when I do have some, I do mindless stuff not catch up on beloved bloggers like you. And still, I felt you had not appeared in a while. Your blogging buddies are all here for you and sending you love – which of course includes me! xoxo

  4. I am so relieved and happy that you are back …I tried to contact you and was at a loss when I couldn’t find your site. I will definately make sure I keep tract of it now. I am sorry for what ever you have gone through and feel you will make the best of the situation and seek comfort and peace in your daily walks and treks that you make. Welcome back Jean you have been missed by all..

  5. Every day I get a post that sheds a light on things sometimes it hits home as it did today..I would like to share it with you. “I, too, remember the feeling you are caught between that was and all that must be. You feel lost”…Huruki Murakami ….Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel seems far away but if we continue to seek it ..eventually it will shine like a sunburst…Wishing you the peace that comes with it..

  6. I was just thinking about you, Jean. Sorry to hear of the difficult period you’ve been going through, glad the sun is beginning to break through again. Sending loves, hugs and warmest thoughts your way… ❤

  7. Your silence had me concerned. I realize that you are an online presence but also a real person, in pain, coping, and deserving of your privacy. Just know you are cared about a great deal.

  8. You have been missed, Jean. I am so, so sorry you have been having a difficult period and very grateful that the sea has once again brought you solace. Take care of yourself. You are in my thoughts. Hugs from California, Jane

  9. Hello Jean, I’m so pleased to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel and lovely to see you back. I’m just about to start what could be a very challenging period of my life and your words encourage me. I also believe in the power of the sea and am so pleased to be living so close to it now. Sending lots of love from sunny Eastbourne.

    1. Hi Robin, I hope your challenge is manageable. Main thing seems to be to stay grounded in the beauty of nature and not to get swept away in a current of worries. Best wishes, jx

  10. Jean, I presumed your absence was due only because of the fact you were busy with the census – which I’m sure you still are.
    I hope you’re ok. We will chat over the summer when I have more time.

  11. Its so good to have you back Jean.
    I too have had things rocking my boat. Its tough to know whether to share or not, especially when its our nearest and dearest facing immense challenge. I too chose not to … but I do know that there is a lot of love and support here.
    May the sun keep shining and bringing you warmth, comfort and courage to face the days ahead.

    1. Hi Val, sorry to hear of your challenges.
      You are certainly right about the support that is here in blogland. It’s a place where I feel many are adept at reading between the lines or seeing right through an image.
      Hugs, jxx

  12. I haven’t been so active and I’ve missed a lot… But I’ve been thinking of you. I hope you are alright.

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