Monday, 29 November 2021


 I've not been posting as my mind has not been in the right place recently but Tom found this poem this morning and we thought it was appropriate to our situation right now.

If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead;
If morning brings you sadness
it’s okay to stay in bed.
If the day ahead feels heavy and your plans feel like a curse,
There’s no shame in rearranging,
don’t make yourself feel worse.
If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown;
If you haven’t washed your hair for days,
don’t throw away your crown!
A day is not a lifetime.
A rest is not defeat.
Don’t think of it as failure,
Just a quiet, kind retreat.
It’s okay to take a moment
From an anxious, fractured mind.
The world will not stop turning
While you get realigned!
The mountain will still be there
When you want to try again
You can climb it in your own time,
Just love yourself till then!

Laura Ding-Edwards



  1. Thanks for sharing this Briony. It is a poem that could bring comfort to many. I understand that the author has suffered from an anxiety disorder so she was writing partly from personal experience. I hope that you and Tom are still happy in your Brighton love nest.

  2. That sums everything up nicely.

  3. So sorry to hear you are having a rough time.The poem is lovely.Thank you.

  4. We are going to save and frame that one. There isn't enough of forgiving oneself going on around these days. We hope you find a little joy and places of calm in every day. And we send love to your cats of course
    F and Mr T

  5. That is so appropriate for many of us, Briony. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. A very sensible and wise poem. Sending you love, Briony x

  7. I **adore** this poem, Briony, and it's so true! I pray for you & your husband each and every day. I hope your lives brighten soon. Love you~ Andrea xoxoxo

  8. this is PERFECT and so fitting for both of you and also speaks to me, my mind is fractured to the point I asked the doc for an axiety pill last Wed. the resident she was training supposely sent it through the computer but it never came, i had to call today and HOPE it will get sit to the RX people today. more axienty caused by asking for a pill

  9. What a great poem. And very good advice. Enjoy the little things as they come. :)

  10. Aw that's lovely and so true. xx

  11. It is a wonderful poem, many will benefit from taking this to heart. Take care. Amanda x

  12. This is wonderful poem!! I am so sorry that things have to be so sad and difficult for both of you right now.

  13. What a lovely poem. I hope you and Tom feel up to climbing your mountain one day soon.

  14. It's a wonderful poem and one to take to heart and remember. Don't get into a place where you put guilt on yourself for being human. You are going through some of the hardest roads to travel in this lifetime . . . so be kind to yourself and give yourself the same love that you would give your best friend. I am praying and God bless you.

  15. I've read that poem before and it's beautiful. Love it. Thanks for sharing it.

  16. Very good words to live by, Briony. Thinking of you and Tom xx

  17. That poem has put so much into perspective for me at a time of my life when I am struggling with the loss of the man who was my whole world. I think the message we get from this is - be kind to yourself. Thank you Briony and Tom.

    1. Hi Marilyn, so nice of you to comment, I only wish you posted on your blog it would be so nice to follow you. Maybe when you feel up to it you will. I have an email address if you ever want to contact me for a chat.
      Tom is as you know terminal and now is so bad that he cannot get out any more. I know it is only a matter of time but how long who knows.
      I'm sure I will feel exactly how you do when the time comes as we have been together since I was 15 and he was 21, that's 60 years.
      I'm pleased that this poem has been received so well and hope it helps a few people to put things into perspective.
      hugs from afar.

    2. Hi Briony, I would love to email you, I feel we have a lot in common, I hail from Sussex although I live in Western Australia now.
      How do we exchange email address?

    3. Hi Marilyn, my email address is