It tells of his struggle against cancer,and the faith which never left him. His was one of the cases investigated at Stafford Hospital, much in the news for the high death rates and infection levels between 2005 and 2008, when he was a patient there.I guess it's also a (terrific, I hope) love story.
Here are a few brief quotes:-
Contentment is a state of mind which seems sadly lacking in the modern world. Folk are restless; always seeking greater thrills and experiences. Instant gratification. Yet it is a, longer-lasting and less fickle emotion than happiness. Happiness can come and go in an instant. It is transient, fleeting and capricious. But contentment is at least a semi-permanent and at best a permanent state of well-being; -of not desiring more of anything, of resting in the moment, of being secure, warm, still;- of envying no-one anything. Generally happiness lasts for a short while and is gone. Contentment is more reliable. It’s not lazy or unambitious, but is positive, uplifting. If it comes to a choice between happiness and contentment, give me contentment every time.
One quote about it that I particularly like goes as follows:-
“Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, but the realisation of how much you already have.”
Guilt is it seems a common if most unwelcome consequence of losing a loved one. Almost everyone succumbs to it. The lonely hours are filled with remorse and feelings of failure. Why didn’t I do more? Why did I say that? Why didn’t I say that?