Looking Back Over My Shoulder

It’s 31st December, 2022… Looking back over my shoulder over the past year… remembering the Mike Rutherford/Paul Carrack song ‘Over My Shoulder’:

Looking back over my shoulder
I can see that look in your eye
I never dreamed it could be over
I never wanted to say goodbye

The song describes the mixture of love and companionship, yet sadness and disappointment. Looking back over my shoulder at 2022 I see that mixture…

Images: Mick Hawes

Yesterday’s Lowestoft Journal included many pictures of Santas, reindeer and elves taking part in the annual Lowestoft Christmas Day swim. Hundreds took part and even more watched…

It’s good to see people coming together, raising hundreds of pounds for local charities; it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID.

Looking back over my shoulder… In 2022 I’ve seen the effects of the pandemic diminish, good people remembering good times from the past… doing good things together…

On Thursday our email account was hacked into. It was horrid that so many people were worried by an unsolicited email; it was inconvenient and worrying for us too.

Yet… we’ve experienced the kindness of many friends concerned for our welfare… we’ve spoken to friends that we wouldn’t normally speak to…Yesterday afternoon son-in-law Allan sorted everything out. All’s good now!

Looking back over my shoulder… In 2022 I’ve seen good come out of bad and wrongs put right…

Brazilian footballer Pele died this week… one of the all-time greatest, measured by his achievements, skill, influence..

British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood also died… her influence with modern punk and new wave fashions…

Both had a significant positive impact on the world; both will be remembered

Looking back over my shoulder… In 2022 good friends have died… they’ve had a significant positive impact on my world… they’ll be remembered.

Musing… the image of Jesus, the good shepherd, carrying the lost sheep on his shoulders. Looking over his shoulder he’d see the sheep… perhaps sometimes in 2022 that’s been me.

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