Struggling with sorrowful situations...

The Artina Phoenix Reisen, with 1260 passengers, built-in 1984, is a passenger ship, arrived in the Falmouth port this morning.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth:
"Falmouth Harbour and the Carrick Roads form the third deepest natural harbor in the world and the deepest in Western Europe."
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It's a glorious morning in Falmouth England.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and a cruise ship is docked at the Falmouth Pier while passengers disembark to savor this stunning town and surrounding areas.  

We were able to take a photo of a portion of the ship, part of which is obscured by a building.  Perhaps later we'll walk down to the road for a better photo.  But, today our hearts are heavy.

This morning as the sun began to rise, Tom captured this photo with the sun's reflection in the bay.
Someone we love has been diagnosed with cancer and we pray she'll find a path to recovery and healing.  Our love, hearts, and prayers are with her until we can be at her side in 73 days.  (In an effort to protect her privacy, we aren't disclosing who this is and the depth and breadth of her condition).

As we've learned, particularly in the past seven months, that joyfully traveling the world, in love with life and one another, doesn't make us exempt or free from the sadness associated with disappointment, heartbreak, and sorrow.  
Morning sunrise with more reflections in the bay.
Often, others perceive our lives of world travels to primarily consist of the pleasure and fulfillment one might experience on a non-stop holiday/vacation.  Not the case.  

As "they" say, "Everywhere we go, there we are."  There's no escaping the realities of life, much over which we have little to no control. As I struggle to re-learn to walk less tentatively, I realize, perhaps for the first time in years, that regardless of a degree of sheer will and determination, not everything can be overcome.
Sunrise in Falmouth Bay.
Oh yes, there are theories that clearly promise that healing can come from meditation, mindfulness, and prayer.  And, perhaps, there is a certain element of fact in these modalities when we exercise our hearts and minds to heal and ultimately recover.

Is the reality such that "we can't control what comes our way?" But we can control how we react to what comes our way.  And, can it be that our reaction has a profound effect on the outcome?  With that, I totally agree.
All Saints Church in the center of the town.
I've been no hero or example of strength and fortitude over this past almost seven months filled with pain, worry, and frustration.  Many have so kindly written praising me for "being tough and strong."  I appreciate these comments wholeheartedly (no pun intended).

However, my reality remains...I merely have done my best to get through this, emotionally and physically intact.  That's all any of us can do.  We have the option to "give up" or continue on. But most of us have a powerful commitment to ourselves and those we love to heal and recover.
Clock atop the Packet Quay, where vacation rentals are located.
I will admit I did exercise a high degree of self-control in an effort to avoid self-pity and hopelessness by not complaining aloud.  The story can be shared but not in an attempt to elicit sympathy, although a tinge of compassion goes a long way when I haven't been able to keep up the pace.

I've seen this compassion from our readers when over the past months, expressing a deep understanding and compassion over my inability to write at times, to take photos, and to get out sightseeing to add depth and interest to our site.
Alternate view of the cruise ship in port.
Believe me, if it hadn't been for all of you, I could easily have become a "couch potato" lounging day and night.  Instead, I was keenly aware of the fact that our readers expected a "little action" and thus motivating me to get out and do more and more.  This proved to be a blessing in disguise.

For those who are worrying about a loved one's illness, there's no easy answer.  Not everyone wants to include other family members and friends during a difficult time.  We must respect this and simply let them know we care.  It's not about us and how we react.  Its all about them and the process that lies ahead and how they choose to handle it.
Our love and prayers to our loved ones and yours, who struggle to find peace and resolution, in their own challenges.

Be well.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 27, 2018:
Lots of kudus by the steps to the veranda.  We couldn't hand out pellets quickly enough.  For more photos, please click here.

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