Monday, 30 April 2012

On the Road to a New Life

I don't know about you, but I loathe self-help books.  I don't think much of 'team building' exercises either, but every once in a while you see something that just goes click in your head.  That little light bulb flickers on and you are changed forever!

My Edison moment took place in the late 1990's.  I was driving the 500 mile trip to my parents' house near Chicago via I-70.   It's a long drive through some of the flattest country you can imagine, pretty tedious.  Near Saint Charles, Missouri, I started to read the huge billboard signs that ran along the side of the road.  Some were advertisements but some had 'inspirational' messages on them.  You know the sort, 'When life gives you lemons', etc, etc, etc.  

I was busy grumbling under my breath at this horrible tripe and how dare they blight the countryside with these awful billboards when I read this:

"If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."
                                                                                       W. L. Bateman

CLICK!  I suppose it was just that time of my life. We all have them, a time to re-evaluate, to decide how we want to live our lives.   I hadn't been happy for a very long time and I had to decide what I was going to do about it.  This quote on that sign on that particular day told me exactly what I had to do.... I was truly on the road to a new life! 


Just getting started....

I am indulging in a second blog.  I already have one called, Deb's Dust Bunny
which I started for my nieces living in the United States. I wanted to show them some of the historic and beautiful places we enjoy living in Devon. There are recipes, videos and links to lots of interesting things.  It is a gentle, friendly site... I hope. I enjoy writing it but I find I must censor myself.  I want to keep it light and happy.  There are things I'd like to say but my readership might be a bit too young or too polite to appreciate my sardonic sense of humour, hence, the Absent Auntie has been conceived.

Don't worry, this isn't going to be pornographic or overly radical.  That's not my style.  But get ready for some more grown-up topics and an occasional 'Auntie Rant'.   The content is going to be a bit more random, organic...

 who knows what you will find here.  So here we go.... let's get started!