Extreme Gratitude: Post-Pneumonia Thoughts


‘It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.’ Eckhart Tolle

Some of you will know that I’ve been absent from the ‘net for a while, and articles and posts haven’t appeared for a little over three weeks. Although I’m home now and resting – and will be back to normal next week as regards the posting of articles etc – I’ve spent a couple of weeks in hospital.

What I thought was flu, and jokingly referred to as man-flu to a few friends, got much, much worse,  and turned out to be pneumonia (and a collapsed lung).

I’m much better now, as the antibiotics ‘kicked in’ very quickly, the UK NHS ‘free at the point of need’ health system and its staff were absolutely wonderful (and yes, I even liked hospital food), and the Source of All was evident all around me. The hospital did find an ‘anomaly’ at the base of one lung and I have to go back for tests, so I’d appreciate your prayers, well-wishes, light and love for that, please.

It is interesting, hospital stays. In one sense I was completely helpless, in the hands of doctors, nurses and other specialist staff, whose expertise in that field far exceeds mine. And yet, there I felt a ‘call’, a sense of urgency and priority to ‘do’ something, or at least to be positive and intentional in my slow ‘climb’ back to wellness.

Did you know, that, sadly, some twenty-nine thousand people die in the UK every year because of pneumonia.

‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…,’ Psalm 23.4, The Book

Do angels’, elementals, good-spirits exist?

Oh yes. My stay in hospital, if there ever was any doubt (and there wasn’t) confirmed that they do exist, albeit in disguise. Throughout the day and night, nurses worked. I saw them. Doctors and student-doctors visited me, prodded me, cared for me and others. Other staff, those who cooked the meals, and those who kept the bays/wards clean and tidy were relentless in showing their love. All of them are, to me, angels, elementals, good-spirits in disguise, sent by the Source of All.

‘Love flows richly into all things; she is greatly exalted from the depths up to the stars and most loving toward all things, for she gave the highest king the kiss of peace.’ Symphonia (Songs) 25, Hildegard of Bingen

My spirit was buoyed, my heart was cheered, and slowly my body began to recover. Love flowed in Bay D, in the David Erskine Ward at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, and beyond, as countless hospital staff worked hard in their works of service to the infirmed. Grace, love in action, was ubiquitous and palpable.

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

John O ‘Donohue, Beannacht/Blessing,

And so, I’m now at home, resting. I would ask that you remember those who succumbed to pneumonia and are now ‘home’, praying for them and their loved ones here on earth. And also, perhaps, send light and love, and well-wishes to those known to each of us who are having a tough time at the moment. And, please remember that ‘anomaly’ in one of my lungs.

Prayers, well-wishes etc work. Such intentional positivity does have an effect, perhaps more than we can know on this side of that ‘thin veil’.

This is somewhat different to my usual posts, but I wanted to share with you what had happened over the past few weeks, to let you know that I am thinking of you, and to request your prayers etc for myself and others. I do appreciate your well-wishes.

In your prayers and well-wishes, in your intentionality, and in the rituals that you might do, you do have a positive effect, perhaps with unknown outcomes and far beyond our imaginings, but you do have a positive effect.

‘Do not despise the day of small beginnings…’ Zechariah 4:10a, paraphrase, The Book

And so I give thanks to the Source of All for healing, for my nearly being back to good health and continuing journey toward full health, and for being surrounded by spiritual-kin, loving friends and fellow-sojourners, good people, full of love and light, of which you (as you read this) are one, and are similarly prayed for by me. Extreme gratitude.

Light and love be to you and yours, Tadhg.


27 thoughts on “Extreme Gratitude: Post-Pneumonia Thoughts

  1. We are grateful you are buoyed up in spirit as well as healing in body. Thoughts sent your way for the further testing but I know you trust in the source of life to sustain you. Blessings and thanks for the update. (p.s. I have had pnemonia too so know what it is like)

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    • Thank you for your gracious words. Words, blessings, intentionally mean a lot, and I know this part of the journey would have been more difficult without them. Yes, pneumonia is ‘no fun’, and I’m told to take it easy for the next few weeks. Bless you and yours, Tadhg.


    • Oh, it seems it wasn’t my time. I was ‘grey’ on ‘day 1’, and much better now (with some colour in my cheeks). Bless you and Rae, and your dear family. I’m sorry I couldn’t get to the Celtic event. Lots of love, Tadhg.

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  2. I give thanks daily for the NHS! Most of the staff I encounter (from cleaners to doctors) are exceptional people – providing care in oft-times very trying circumstances – they are angels indeed!
    So glad you are home and recovering… you are in our thoughts and prayers x

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    • Thank you, Claire, for your uplifting words. They mean so much to me as I journey back to full health. And, yes the NHS staff are all wonderful. Blessing to you and yours, Tadhg.


  3. We, in Canada and the UK, reap the benefits of a national health care system. It has it’s faults, but by and large it is a blessing. Best wishes for continued healing, Tadhg, and prayers for test results which are negative for anything significant. Blessings and Light. Kerry Howarth

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know what I would have done without the UK NHS. They kept me in for eleven days, and everyone (cleaning staff, dinner staff, doctors, nurses and others) were all wonderful people, and deserve double blessings. I’m pleased that Canada has a similar system. Light and love be to you and yours, Tadhg.


    • Thank you for your well-wishes. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of a friend. I will send prayer regarding that person, family and for yourself. Many blessings, Tadhg.


    • Thank you for your prayers, Cynthia. I was very ill on ‘day 1’ of hospitalisation, cut a couple of days later was very much half back to normal. Some way to go, regaining strength, and then they want to find out what that anomaly is at the base of my lung. But, one day at a time. Thank you for your concern. Light and love be to you and yours, Tadhg.


    • Thank you, Maggie, for your blessing and uplifting words. I have fond memories of Scotland, and loved my October visit to Iona and Skype, and would dearly like to visit, again, later this years. Blessings to you and yours, Tadhg.


  4. Yes, I noticed your absence, wow! So glad to hear you’re recovering. Taake good care of yourself, and may you be blessed with wholeness and light. /l\

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    • Thank you for your uplifting words. I’m much better than I was, but aim told to take it easy for another couple of weeks (and have found that I only have half the energy that I usually have). Thank you for taking the time to write, here. Light and love be to you and yours, Tadhg.


    • Thank you for your prayers, Michael. Still some way to go (as I get really tired, quickly, but I’m told to expect that for a few weeks), and then there the ‘anomaly” they found at the base of the lung. Thank you for your continued prayers. Light and love be to you and yours, Tadhg.


    • Many thanks for your kind words and healing blessings. They are greatly appreciated. Each day I journey back to better health. Many blessings to you and yours, and to your deep ministry of art, writing and poetry, Tadhg.

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  5. Dear Tadhg
    I missed your emails and wisdom, and now I know the reason for your absence, I can give thanks for your care and recovery.May this part of your journey too serve and be blessed.

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    • Thank you for your care and concern. Greatly appreciated. I’m still a little tired but each day there’s an improvement, and something to learn from those ‘quiet teachers’ (as Mark Nepo calls them). Many blessings to you and yours, Tadhg.


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