Greetings to so many good and caring friends.

Wednesday was the 2 week anniversary of completing the Proton Beam radiation (thus the fortnight) and as the Dr’s predicted the post recovery side effects would be quite challenging which they are- mostly fatigue, inner ear pain, loss of hearing and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

However, it’s really great to be home and I know I’m in the healing process that will take another month or so. I was reminded that how I feel now is part of the recovery and not the new normal in which I should feel better over time.

As I reflect upon 56 days in Boston there have been some really incredible learnings.

Here are five I would like to share:

Gratitude
Throughout writing 42 posts I did my best to thank everyone who did something nice or supported Barb & I. I also learned I missed quite a few people and for that I’m truly sorry. Please know in my heart I know who you are and I am truly thankful!

A phrase that rubs me wrong
There is one phrase that I really do not like and that’s when someone says, “Bob, You’ve got this!” I’m not 100% sure why it irks me. Maybe it’s because it’s not my choice if I got this! That’s God’s choice and I’m just along for the ride!

Number 1 on the 15 Life Lesson List
“Cut People Slack” is the #1 mention of what was most valued on the 15 lessons I shared. Just a reminder that we all have things going on in our lives and it’s good to give people a break! I’m one of the lucky few who has a crooked smile to advertise my personal adversity of life.

No man stands in the same river twice
Every day I start my day by reading a daily devotion from Sarah Young’s book called Jesus Calling. After I read the daily devotion I try and summarize the points into 5 words and reflect upon them throughout the day. I’m now reading the book a 2nd time around and many times I can hardly recognize why I wrote the 5 words from a year ago because I find a different part of it even more relevant today. Wow can your perspective change in < a year, thus that river is always changing!

Bobston.Life was fun
It was quite liberating to write what was ever on my mind. Now that I reviewed the 42 posts I realized I was all over the map- from sharing significant lessons to attempting poetry & humor. At the end of the day it was a collection of best efforts and it is what it is!  FYI…I’m creating a mini booklet of the posts for my children and hope they enjoy it as they look back at it 25 years from now!

Wishing you all a great weekend! Bob