When I have been at my lowest, my saddest, my worst – through illness,the death of a loved one, heartbreak, shock, or a really bad day at work – do you know what I long for most of all?

It’s not privilege or luxury or delight. I want things to go back to normal.

I phone my mother, she listens without prejudice, the sound of her comforting voice brings it all back in perspective and a reason to get up and work harder. She may be sickly and frail, has lived a very long life but I still value her opinion!

She went through more difficult situations and came out stronger.

If that’s what you have, if your life is normal, just normal, that makes you one of the most fortunate people on Earth.

I think of that.

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