When I first started out blogging two years ago, I was bald. I sat at this same spot while recovering from my chemotherapy treatment with nothing more than a wish to write from a heap of broken dreams and ashes.
I didn’t know then but sometimes flowers do bloom from the driest parched land of our souls. And broken dreams are replaced with nobler ones. And ashes are there to always remind us to build our lives on things that the fires of life can never burn.
Blogging saved me. Each and everyone of you who have ever left me a comment, a like, a note, a hug, each thoughtful, generous word which came with a chunk of your heart – you saved me. The love of my family saved me. That and by the gentle grace of God.
My hair has grown. My son has grown. He is now almost eight years old! And that rather lovely chap I’ve been married to for the last 14 years, well, he is still my rock and my safe place. And he still makes me laugh myself silly!
I have so much more to write but for now, I shall be taking a little break from blogging. There are a few things I have promised myself to do this year. This is the year for living fearlessly! (though jelly-knees and squeaky voice!)
I’ll occasionally write a post or two when inspiration strikes or when I can’t hold it in any longer! So watch this space or follow me on Facebook for snippets from the contemplative housewife!
I just want to specially dedicate this post to you my dear friends and readers. If you could only know how much joy, healing and nourishment you have brought to my heart as I sat here two years ago. As I sat here working through my own humanity and frailties and the wonderment of being reborn.
I have learnt so much from you. From the artistry of your work. And the brilliance of your art. Above all else, from your probing honesty to the great mysteries of life.
Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery. Thank you for coming into my life and leaving me a much better person.
“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”
― Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion
Live fearlessly, dear friend, and enjoy each moment. Blessings and goodness go with you on your adventures. And I will look forward to an occasional blog from you.
Your son is beautiful, and so is your post Kakak Sharon. I admire your strength and courage to have gone through the chemotheraphy and succeeded. That’s an amzing feat. Much love to you, xoxo
Your post has brought sunshine in this rainy day here in Luxembourg. God bless you!
Thank You, Sharon!
Your posts are so positive and your images beautiful. I hope you will be posting again soon.
Another inspiring blogpost! I admire you and wish you all the best, hope to see you around once in a while on your journey. Your family is beautiful, so are you my friend, love and light from me… Thank you for all the warm comments and you spark! I can see your soul all the way from here…
I love you, Sharon and I am so glad I met you in this place of discovery! Your beautiful words and images will be missed. Go and live with your beautiful family!❤️
I hope you do post occasionally, Sharon but in the meantime I wish you a wonderful year, whatever you undertake. You bring sunshine wherever you go. Be happy and healthy.
much love to you, sharon! aleya
Have missed you dearest Sharon. You and your beautiful family are in my thoughts. Be safe and well, my gifted one. xo Diane
Best of luck to you as you continue your journey!
I am so happy for you Sharon! So so happy!
much love! Carolina
You write such beautiful posts, they can only be reflective of a beautiful soul. All the best on your future path! Xo
Thank YOU for sharing yous inspiring words to us. I hope you achieve your plans. Live life to the fullest!
absolutely a perfect post for me today☺ Thank you! What a blessing you are in such a better place!
Gentle peace and great joy as your year of living fearlessly progresses, Sharon. Thank you for all the blessings your writing and photography have brought to my spirit. Thank you, too, for sharing your healing journey with us and so encouraging our own healing…I’ll look forward to your posts whenever they appear and hold your joy and peace in my heart. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.
Enjoy your break, lovely lady xx
As always, beautiful. Touching. There is a time and season season for everything. Enjoy your break, fearlessly. 🙂
Sharon, whether you are posting or not, you are always in my thoughts when I sit down to my keyboard. It seems to me that since I have known you, your heart has lived fearlessly all along. So follow whatever path you will or must, your friends will be on your side and loving to hear from you when you are inspired to communicate. xxoo
Thank you so much for this post – exactly what I needed at this moment! It’s beatiful, full of love, grateful ess and resolve. I’m SO happy for you, Sharon and will be watching for your updates. You’re a true encouragement and role model for me. Bless you! Xo
You’re an inspiration to me and your comments on my posts make my day, so I’ll miss your presence online! But I hope the Year of the Horse is an especially happy and healthy one for you. I’m counting on it being a much better year than the one that just past!! 新年好呀！
Much love, K
Thank you for keeping us in the loop, Sharon. As always, your wisdom shines through in such unexpected ways. I am looking forward to reading the book about the poem that you link. I wish you continued good health and love.
How very inspiring Sharon. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing your heart with your readers. I appreciate your gentle, wise and loving soul that shines clearly in all you do. Can’t wait to hear more about how you’re living fearlessly. I might need to take some notes, I’ve been living rather cautiously. Many blessings to you and your family, Brad
Dear Brad, I know it has been a while (months in fact!) and yet this little note of yours left such a lingering impression on me that I knew I would have to reply you one day! So, here’s my first update as a novice about what it’s been like living fearlessly for the last 6 months. For to tell you the truth, for a very long time I had no clue what this fearless living was all about. 😀
But it did set me down to seriously want to make changes. And what I do know is that this business of fearlessness – it’s about falling six times and getting up seven. I know enough that it’s not about throwing caution to the wind for there is a place for calm wisdom behind all we do and say. I’m beginning to understand that living fearlessly has nothing to with living recklessly but everything to do with being completely truthful to ourselves at all times, at all levels.
Most of all, I have been learning that I no longer want to let fear rule me in the choices and decisions I make. And it has to start with the small, daily acts, habits and thoughts that sometimes swirl around unchecked, unchanged.
Perhaps, a measure of fearlessness is when we are able to live in closer harmony with ourselves. When our actions, words and thoughts are no longer in conflict. Perhaps, to be fearless is to be free in a greater degree from all the mental knots and emotional chains we have bound ourselves up in. Oh that is such a hard one!
So, I haven’t done any bungee jumping, nor launched myself off cliffs attached to a polyester sheet. (but, oh, how I do also admire that sort of a fearlessness, that unshakeable mental and physical strength as well!) I haven’t even been on a roller coaster ride in years 😀 But at this point in life, the sort of fearlessness that I’m grappling with is about accepting change with grace and wicked enthusiasm (oh, I’m so working on that one!) and to trust the good Lord that everything is as it should be. (oh, I’m so working on that one too!)
Thank you so much for the light and the joy of your soul which you share so freely with us. I just know you don’t need to take notes on this. You’re already making your own notes! With gratitude and blessings your way dear friend, Sharon
Welcome back my dear Sharon!
Your comments, as do your posts, speak strongly to me and my path. Maybe we share similar challenges? Regardless, I am delighted to read your comments, and know that you are learning to live more fearlessly in your daily choices and actions. Such wise and loving words you offer. I really do need your example, my life has been pretty messy lately. I appreciate you and wish you continued grace and enthusiasm in living fearlessly, aligned with your inner truth.
blessings to you Sharon, my friend along the path, 🙂
THank you Sharon for your heart, soul and wisdom. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family. xoxo ~Susan
It’s so great to just hear from you again, and to hear you are doing so well is icing on the cake. Follow your dreams and inspirations, and live fearlessly! As a fellow survivor, My heart is with you.
Hello lovely lady! Always wonderful to read from the beautiful expressions of your heart. You are a woman of strength and beauty…
So nice to see your post Sharon. I wish you and your family every happiness and hope you all enjoy every moment in whatever you do. Take care, you have an amazing life in front of you now 🙂
Very nice and inspiring as always, Sharon!! 🙂
Best wishes for your coming adventures.
You are such a beautiful and wonderful person Sharon! Your lovely blog has been a gift for us. Wishing you and your sweet family all the best! 🙂
Hi Sharon, I always hope when I don’t receive a note in my Inbox about a new post that you are well and pursuing your dreams. Living fearlessly is all of our challenges, is it not? I cheer you on in your every effort, and I know, from far across the world, you cheer me on, as well as everyone who stops by to comment, too. When you promise to post when inspired, I (selfishly) hope that’s more often than you anticipate.
Forge on, live fearlessly AND joyfully, and know I will stop by to visit – checking out earlier posts – while you keep your promises to yourself. Lovely, lovely poem, too.
Sharon, you will be missed but I wish you and your family every happiness. You have made this world a better place. I really do feel that it has been an honour to have come into contact with you, albeit on a virtual level. Some people stay with you forever and I will always remember your gentle, beautiful presence. Patsy
You thanked us. Nope. It we who should thank you. Peace.
Thank you for your tender words and these lovely photos. It is so wonderful to see you here, Sharon, I have missed you. I have remembered with joy that moment we shared in December, memories of our grandmothers. Be blessed! Live fearlessly! Wherever you go, know that you remain cherished and always in my heart. Love and hugs, Vivian
Sharon, thank YOU for all the beautiful words and pictures you have posted on your blog. You are truly an inspiration to me and I hope this year is fulfilling and joyful. I will look forward to some occasional posts but wish you time with family and friends more than anything. Take care, and till soon! xx
I will miss your beautiful and inspiring posts, Sharon. I wish you and your wonderful family all the best.
Sharon you are a sparkle on a dark night the one star shining bright…..
Your words lift me I had no idea of your battles. I trust this year will be filled with adventures for you and your beautiful family. This community sees our dreams and helps us nourish them I am blessed to have met you and wish you wellness and happiness my friend.
You are so beautiful Sharon. Enjoy it all… and thank you for every word you’ve shared.
All good things…what is your FB name please. I would like some of your titbits there and look forward to your occasional blog posts. I have appreciated your interest in my blog:-)
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Darling, Precious Sharon, Beautiful as always, and believe me, you have taught us more.
I wish you much happiness and Love. Of course, I will be in touch! 😀
Oh, dear Sharon! I only fairly recently understood that you had been so ill! I have loved your poetic and beautiful blog, and your lovely thoughts! Love and prayers to you! And Happy Valentine’s / love and Friendship day, to you and your family! from Susan
What a beautiful post to read, particularly on a day that is so dreary here. All the best to you as you live fearlessly 🙂
Thank you for being an inspiration to me. I am grateful we found each others blog. Knowing you has definitely enriched my life. The photo of you and family is beautiful. Take care, have fun, reach for the stars, and be as big as you can be. I will look for you on Facebook. Love and hugs, Brenda
Thank you Sharon for sharing these inspiring thoughts and photos! I am happy for your healing and wish you the best in whatever you will embark on doing! I always come back to check for your posts. Halauksin Tiny
Good luck in your year Sharon, and have a wonderful time inhabiting it!
God Bless and good luck!
Just turned on my tablet, went into my email and decided to read this post before any others. I’m glad I did, your journey is very inspirational and I wish you and your family all the best.
You are an inspiration, Sharon. Wish you the best!
Go forth, live fearlessly, do what you love, and, when the time is right, share your marvellous adventures. –Curt
A big hug and kiss to you!! and your beautiful family!!
Really admire your optimism, Yeng! You deserve the best of everything. I enjoyed reading your blogs. Take care and lots of hugs and kisses to you.
Your strength is beautiful, as is your family. I suspect that fearlessness supports health! Will look forward to your notes from the world.
I’ve loved your blog from the start and am surprised to hear that you were writing such beautiful and inspirational words through your treatment. While I’m filled more with gratitude each day, my own cancer diagnosis has pulled the words just out of reach and my blogging has basically stopped. As I face the uncertainty and side effects of treatment, my focus has been on setting the goal of writing a “big” piece that’s been on the back burner for a while. So, I may be absent from the blogoshere for a while as I focus on a longer story. Interesting, isn’t it how words and writing provide such solace. Although we’ve chosen different ways to get that peace, writing, speaking our mind, sharing ideas, and being creative, are major contributions to our healing process. I’m so happy that you’re going forth without fear. I am too, as it is just the right way to be whole. Much love and thanks to you for sharing all that you’ve shared. Gracias por todo!
My dearest Barb,
I’m not sure if you’ll get this very late reply but I just wanted to give you a very long, tight hug… and if I could reach you across the miles and drop within your heart just one thing, it must be this. Hope. Even if this is the most fearsome time in your life, as it was mine then, may the seed of hope grow root, flourish and blossom in your soul. Love your way to healing. You have always been such a dear heart to me. Write to me if you ever want to be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With so much love and tenderness,
Thank you so much for the hug – I felt it!
The good news is that I have only good news. I finished chemo, had surgery, and then the news that I was clear of malignancy and so no radiation required. That was 2 months ago and I’m still humbled by the news. In addition, have to say that I had no fear or worry through the whole process. It’s a long story as to why – the short of it has to do with a spiritual experience I had right after receiving the news – but it meant that I was able to manage well through the treatment. I did indeed “love my way to healing”!
I will be celebrating and processing my recovering for a long time to come: the whole experience has been quite profound. I’m starting that celebration by giving myself 3 weeks walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain starting Oct 21!
If there’s any chance you can hop down to Spain for a day or two or three, let me know. I would love to have a cup of tea with you! Email me – email@example.com to get in touch as I’ve had to take a bit of a break from WP and don’t always check my messages.
Thank you so much for the personal note of support. It means so much and the love you bring to my life (and the lives of others) this way is so appreciated.
With much love,
May this year be for you everything you strive for it to be. May you be fearless and brave, strong and healthy. I have enjoyed your blog and I will continue to peek back and see what you have been up to.
Your beautiful shining heart fills each and every one of your posts with love. Thank you Sharon, for being your loving, inspiring, and highly courageous self! Our world needs an abundance of positive role models and I appreciate that you show how to be real, honest, strong, gracious, creative, wise, and always loving. I am so glad you are here, on this blog, and in the world. You are a Light. With so much gratitude for you, always, Gina xo
I will miss your posts. Best wishes for your fearless endeavours.
What a beautiful post you have penned Sharon!
Do you realise that in your magnanimity to acknowledge all your readers you have acknowledged your own self? For the beautiful thought behind your posts which have motivated your readers to respond back. Foe the sheer strength of self conviction and positivity that you have shown which has held your readers enthralled…..
Your posts have brought me so much joy and upliftment, and now I have learned what difficulties you encountered and have overcome. Live on fearlessly, with your beautiful and loving family. Perhaps in future we will connect again as I have come to regard you as a dear friend.
Love and blessings!
Your blog has been such an inspiration to me and I’ll miss reading your thoughts and viewing your gorgeous photography. You’ve handled your cancer and recovery with much grace and fearlessness. Enjoy the time with your beautiful family and continue to be strong!
Dear Sharon, I immediately pressed your Facebook’s ‘like’ button, for I would really miss you! Your posts have always been so life-affirming, thought provoking, and inspirational to me. I never new about your illness, but am so glad to learn that you made it through it all and that the sun is shining upon your life once more! Sending many good wishes and blessings to you and your family! Namaste, andelieya
What a wonderful, inspiring, and brave post. So many blessings to you and your beautiful family!! Much luck and love you you — I’ll look for ya on FB! 🙂
My Dear Shaz, Another beautiful post and photos. I wish you all the best. You are an amazing, kind lady, and have left many heart prints. Take good care of you and hope to see you throughout the year. hugs, Renee 🙂 ♥
Your blog is beautiful and inspirational. God Bless! — Mrs. J : )
Take care, Sharon. Go accomplish great things! I look forward to your next posts. Hugs from Colorado!
Very inspiring, lovely words, Sharon! All the best, take care. Live, love and enjoy!
Much love to you and your lovely family my dear Sharon. A touching post as always..
It’s one and half years since I started blogging .and you have been a constant support and encouragement from the beginning. thank you so much…
You are such a brave person Sharon…I am so glad I met you ( thanks to my blog ) ..
Your posts are so inspiring.
Live fearlessly my friend
Will surely stay in touch on FB
It has been an honour and a pleasure connecting with you through the blogging world over these last two years. Live fearlessly,my friend!
Much love and blessings until we connect again.
My dearest Ketupat,
reading your writings always bring tears to me eyes, love you, Sam and my dear godson more that words can say… shall write soon with updates..
love always, Rendang
Sharon… I followed your blog a while back, but I guess I didn’t “turn on” whatever it is that would deliver your posts to my email inbox. How serendipitous that I chose today to “go visiting” the blogs of some of my followers and happened upon this post! I am thrilled to know that you have come through your journey of healing so well, with your “chap” and your beautiful child by your side and looking forward to fulfilling promises you made to yourself. I wish you and your family much joy, and I look forward to (finally!) reading some of your posts. Viki/pathwriter
There is love in sharing. The thoughts you share has given us as much hope and comfort as the words and warmth you may have come across blogging.
Life is much more beautiful when shared.
I’m glad to know that you have find your blogging moments helpful. Two years is quite some time, and it’s good to know that these past two years counted.
Looking forward to better days!
Sharon my dear one, I miss you…xo Diane
Hello, Sharon. Your post is very inspiring. You are a brave lady and an inspiration to us all. I wish you all the best and a wonderful joyful life. Enjoy your break. 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day!
I am catching up on my blogs, and somehow this post got past me. When I read it, it took my breath away. I just want to scoop you into my arms and hug you and your whole family. You are such a gracious and courageous person–that is something I have always known, because you write honestly, straight from your heart. I also know that whatever you are doing now, you are living a life steeped with love and grace and joy and meaning. Best wishes to you and your whole family.
Thinking of you, missing your writing, and wishing you well.
You are such an inspiration. xxx
Hey Sharon!I return to read your beautiful blog in the blogging world today to hear that a beautiful lady was wearing so much courage all along!Gosh i need some from you!
I am a patient of Rheumatoid Arthritis for last 10 yrs.Never shared it before because it is being beaten up badly, like a punching bag everyday…:) So let us both knock down these devils and raise those beautiful angels of ours who are our inspirations of life!
Blessings and prayers dear…..YOU NEED THEM AS YOU HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO!LIFE HERE WE COME!:)
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison
Great to hear your Courageous story today!Definitely needed publishing!
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My Dear Friend Sharon,our Shaz has the compassion to share and multiply Courage!
Not sure if you ever check-in here, but I’m following the Malaysian aircraft news this morning with a very heavy heart…you have been on my mind of late and I am praying that you have not been personally affected by this senseless tragedy. I wish you and all Malaysian people gentle peace…I do wish the world’s people would calm down and seek ways to be peace rather than make war…
I miss you, and send you my love.
My dearest Kitty, we had just flown back from Singapore to Finland when we got the news that MH17 was shot down in Ukraine. Together with the rest of the world, I was in a state of shock and numb disbelief when I chanced upon this dear, thoughtful message from you. I deeply apologise for this late reply. I just couldn’t find the words at that time. We are frequent flyers with Malaysia Airlines and the Amsterdam-KL on MH17 was “our” route all these years until just recently when we started flying Finnair to Singapore.
This grief and madness touch us all. May it also unite us all to wake up and say no more. Thank you for reaching out across the miles with your gentle peace, kindness and love. For that is the power that will outshine the darkness.
I miss you too so much. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With so much love and gratitude and wishes for a beautiful day,
I hope you are well. I follow so few blogs – in part due to time constraints, but also because there are only a few that touch me deeply. Yours is one of those. So here we are at Christmas – I hope it finds you and your family at peace, with contentment and good health to carry you all into the New Year.
I re-read the poem above and it brought me to tears. We are all unfolding, always. And we often need to remember to ‘allow’ and not pursue, worry, etc. as we humans are wont to do. Such wise words in that poem.
Be well; be happy. Jeanne
Absolutely beautiful. You and I are walking a similar path dear friend. I look forward to taking the time to read through your posts and to relive those moments in which you wrote them. I hope you enjoy reading my letters. With love and warmest regards, Melanie x
Very beautiful:) ❤your poem is bare&brave. You are wonderful
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Didn’t know you were sick till I read your post. How brave of you to
show up and write. And if that is your son in the photo, he has a cute side profile. Haha
Beautiful Thoughts….. Loved reading them.