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Old 24-12-2019, 01:44 PM   #451
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Lovely message Ness.
Very Christmassy.
I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas Day, and so pleased to see you are on the mend now.
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Lovely Ness its a TiBB first that no one missed a day on one of these countdowns
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Christmas Day. Ammi's message.
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Old 25-12-2019, 06:31 AM   #456
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...so anyway...this isn’t prepared in any way, it was only really yesterday that this felt like the direction my thoughts were going in...I was very touched that Kate asked me to do this, but ‘planned messages’ are not me at all...and completely out of my comfort zone...

...this year, I’ve properly spent time back on TiBB, reconnecting with the forum again ...and just generally reconnecting and engaging interest with so much in my life that was lost in my physical fight with breast cancer and so much emotional stuff...I did come back for a little while last year...but as some of you know, my OH lost his job, so TiBB had to be put on hold for a little while longer...quand il pleut, il pleut....

...the thing about life changing things, is that they can take you in directions and on paths that you wouldn’t normally have gone down...one of my son’s planned paths changed because he wanted to be with me ...and because of that delay and a change of course ...?...he’s now the happiest he’s ever been in his life...and it’s something that was only there for him in that moment in time/an opportunity... and wouldn’t have been, before I became ill...my OH has had another job for almost 1 year and it’s a job that fits him and fits us much more perfectly...it’s a change that probably wouldn’t have been made but should have been made...

...there are some on TiBB, I know...whose lives are not where they had hoped or planned them to be...and it’s really so very difficult at times, to see a ‘bigger picture’ beyond that because it can be such an emotional struggle...and changes of direction can really throw us, so that we feel overwhelmed and despaired...but out of that can come so much good stuff, so many changes that we never would have made but that are so totally right for us, because it’s so often all intertwined with balances...I didn’t sleep well last night so my head is a bit fuzzy, so my message to you, to all of you...but especially to those who have or are feeling confused through changes in paths and the journeys that they’re finding themselves on...is this little old Chinese story...which is something I’ve always boringly quoted to my sons at times in their lives...I’m just going to copy and paste a version of it because it’s easier than typing it in my own words...




One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the rest of its life.

Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences and said, "What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are!. You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?" The farmer replied: "Who knows? We shall see".

Two days later the old horse came back now rejuvenated after meandering in the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve new younger and healthy horses which followed the old horse into the corral.

Word got out in the village of the old farmer's good fortune and it wasn't long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. "How fortunate you are!" they exclaimed. You must be very happy!" Again, the farmer softly said, "Who knows? We shall see."

At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer's only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but the farmer's son was thrown to the ground and broke his leg. One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer's latest misfortune. "Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won't be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You'll have to do all the work yourself, How will you survive? You must be very sad". they said. Calmly going about his usual business the farmer answered, "Who knows? We shall see"

Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor's men arrived in the village demanding that young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor's army. As it happened the farmer's son was deemed unfit because of his broken leg. "What very good fortune you have!!" the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away. "You must be very happy." "Who knows? We shall see!", replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone.

As time went on the broken leg healed but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. "Oh what bad luck. Too bad for you"! But the old farmer simply replied; "Who knows? We shall see."

As it turned out the other young village boys had died in the war and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said: "Oh how fortunate we are, you must be very happy", to which the old farmer replied, "Who knows? We shall see!"


...I wish all of you and your families, a very happy Christmas ...and a very safe 2020, with many possible paths to bring you joy......


...the song I give you is not a traditional Christmas song...but the lyrics are perfect, I think...and Joni is my heart and soul....

It's coming on Christmas,
They're cutting down trees.
Putting up reindeer
Singing songs of joy and peace,
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on...

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Old 25-12-2019, 06:33 AM   #457
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...just to say...thank you for doing this, Kate...itís been a wonderful thread and probably the best Christmas thread Iíve known on TiBB...since youíve been back, youíve really worked hard to engage the forum in so many things...thank you....
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Old 25-12-2019, 07:39 AM   #458
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Ammi
Merry Christmas.....a perfect end to this thread.

Thanks Kate for running it. Everyone's messages have been amazing and not one day missed. Perfect

Have a great day everyone xx
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Old 25-12-2019, 08:14 AM   #459
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Well Ammi. That was absolutely lovely. In fact lovely doesn't really do it justice I have to say.

I did not know (with being away from the forum for such a long time) that you had battled breast cancer and you speak about it now in such an open and honest way. God bless you.

You are such a lady and an inspiration to many on this forum. You are our Queen so there really was no-one else I considered when I asked you specially to do the Christmas Day message in this thread.

Its been a pleasure and an absolute delight to host this thread and everyone that took part is wonderful for doing it. Tibb truly is a great community and I am proud to be part of it. Thank you for your contributions.

In closing I wish each and every one of you the best Christmas ever so far and a happy and healthy New Year.

Lets raise a glass to James and Josy and the Mods team too for all their hard work behind the scenes.

Lots of love for the festive season xx

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Old 25-12-2019, 08:44 AM   #460
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I didn't know that you suffered with Breast Cancer Ammi, I'm sorry to hear that you went through that.

A great message, what is the name of the Chinese story out of interest?

And great message from Vanessa too.

And a great thread from Kate.
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Well Ammi. That was absolutely lovely. In fact lovely doesn't really do it justice I have to say.

I did not know (with being away from the forum for such a long time) that you had battled breast cancer and you speak about it now in such an open and honest way. God bless you.

You are such a lady and an inspiration to many on this forum. You are our Queen so there really was no-one else I considered when I asked you specially to do the Christmas Day message in this thread.

Its been a pleasure and an absolute delight to host this thread and everyone that took part is wonderful for doing it. Tibb truly is a great community and I am proud to be part of it. Thank you for your contributions.

In closing I wish each and every one of you the best Christmas ever so far and a happy and healthy New Year.

Lets raise a glass to James and Josy and the Mods team too for all their hard work behind the scenes.

Lots of love for the festive season xx

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Merry Christmas Ness. Love your sig. Aww snoopy
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No words to describe your message Ammi. Just tears, smiles and gratitude.

Merry Christmas to all you wonderful TIBBers and may the New year bring you all peace and happiness.
Special thanks to Kate, feel blessed to have you back on the forums, going at it full throttle and keeping it busy and interesting.
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Merry Christmas to all you wonderful TIBBers and may the New year bring you all peace and happiness.
Special thanks to Kate, feel blessed to have you back on the forums, going at it full throttle and keeping it busy and interesting.
cheťrs to you Smudge. I hope you enjoyed your bacon sarnies. X
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That was a lovely message Ammi. Merry Christmas
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