Right there

soapSome divine intervention came my way recently just when I needed it the most; and it came in the most curious of forms…

I had been very busy at work, having gone many months without a worthwhile break. In mid-July, with my energy levels severely depleted, I succumbed to a harsh infection which really affected my lungs and exacerbated my cystic fibrosis* and diabetes. This meant a lot of extra treatment and physiotherapy, often fitted in late at night in order to get as good a sleep as possible.

Separately, one of my oldest friends from my hometown has been courageously battling leukaemia in hospital which has been utterly horrible for him and emotional for us to witness.

There had been a steady build-up and I was slightly on the edge – mind, body and spirit. I was holding out for some time off with my family. This nirvana came a few weeks back when Katie, Felix and I travelled to Portugal for a week of holiday.

Sign of the time
On arrival, in the reception area of the hotel, I was drawn to this teenage girl sitting in her wheelchair with family and friends. She looked like she had cerebral palsy. Despite being able to communicate with those around her, she was permanently dribbling onto a handkerchief draped over her chest. It made tears well up in my eyes, which in-turn accentuated my feeling of sadness.

On our way to the apartment, I definitely felt the need for some form of divine support or signal to help calm my soul and restore my life-balance.

I do look out for signs when life is too helter-skelter or feels out of control. These signs have come in the form of objects which keep crossing my path, songs which I keep hearing on the radio and certain lyrics or messages I keep reading in the form of repeat phrases, words or slogans.

Having been up early to catch the flight from London and following a tiring journey, I went to wash my face in our bathroom. And there was my sign – right there in front of me…

It was the bar of soap. Most of the time with such a functional object as a bar of soap, we pick it up, un-wrap it, use and discard it or put it back in the dish. Not this time.

On the wrapper of the soap was written the following words: ‘Enjoy your life!’

Three simple words. ‘Enjoy your life!’

But those words summed things up so succinctly. It served as a wonderful and timely reminder that life can be short, so it needs to be enjoyed. After all, can you think of anything better as your life mantra or to be said of you as part of your eulogy: “He/ she enjoyed their life!”

Who’d have ever thought that a humble bar of soap in Portugal would offer me the guidance I so badly required. It was quite literally, the right sign at the right time.

Keep your eyes and ears open as your much-needed signal could be right there in front of you… What sign will you see or hear today?

I will keep you posted on my life-affirming moments, trials and tribulations as and when they happen. Please keep reading and sharing my blog and sign-up (on the right hand side tab) if you have not already done so.

Yours cup half full.

Tim Wotton (CF author)

* Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 10,000 people. The condition affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week, five babies are born with the condition, however, each week, three young lives are also lost to it. There is currently no cure for CF. However, existing gene therapy trials in the UK are bringing people with the illness closer to a form of cure but CF is not that well known and would benefit from more public donations. For more information and to find out more view the CF Trust Website.


About Tim Wotton

I live with my lovely wife (Katie) and spirited ten-year old son (Felix) in Morden, Surrey; working full-time as an internal communications specialist in the Oil & Gas sector. I have played sport, particularly hockey, tennis all my life and now regularly go to the gym. Cystic fibrosis has been a huge factor in my life, but not one that overshadows it. I have always had great support from my loving family - parents Margaret and Douglas (RIP), elder brother Chris and my twin brother Jez. I have many rich life insights based on knowing I have a reduced life expectancy and battling against the odds for over 44 years. My eyes and heart have been opened by my health struggle. I feel empowered to share my life lessons to help anyone with health and life issues to overcome. My passions include Paul Smith clothes, dress shirts (believing that it's enlightening to dress like it's your last day on earth), Alfa Romeo cars, spicey food, Harlequins and England rugby, Southampton FC, Wimbledon village and common, Dorset, seascapes, sunsets and military history. I am available for public speaking on this subject matter and can be contacted via timwottonAThotmailDOTcom. I have written a book 'How have I cheated death?' based on my euphoric countdown year to 40 which was published in 2014 and won the 2015 'Best Achievement' Award at the UK People's Book Prize. It is available via e-book, audiobook and paperback at Amazon and to order from UK bookstores. Go to the relevant sites below or in the UK go to a WH SMITH, Waterstones or Foyles bookstore and give them my name, book title and this ISBN number (9781849637190). It’s also available via GARDNER’S, BERTRAM’S, AUSTINMACAULEY.COM, BLACKWELL’S, PLAY.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK AND AMAZON.COM
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20 Responses to Right there

  1. Irene says:

    Dear Tim,

    so happy to hear from you! Watched the nice pictures on Facebook and I know that you are all right but I had not seen a blog from you lately so I was a bit worried I must say… I am reading your book at the moment and it is an emotional rollercoaster you take us on though you do it in a way as I know you…with a little bit of distance, with humour and with a great urge to enjoy as many moments as you can. I feel very close to you while reading your book. Keep us informed, it will help us enjoy our lives and moments as well! Love, Irene

  2. joyce nesbitt says:

    Thanks again for your inspiration

  3. Smolik, Sam L says:

    Tim, really cool post!!! I agree – enjoy your life – every day!!

    All the best,

  4. Patricia Ross says:

    Thank you, your post is very inspiring. Keep going strong.

  5. Denise Exon says:

    Lovely post Tim

    Love Dennis and Mike Xxxx

    Sent from my iPad


  6. SFR says:

    Dear Tim,

    Thanks a million, your latest has given me so much hope. Moving writing, will keep it close to me. Lots of love, Andy xxx PS Really going to miss you & Katie this year.

    Sent from my iPad


  7. sue kruk says:

    Hi Tim, Sorry you have been through a bad patch. It is always a roller coaster, for you , and all people with CF, and believe me, for those who love you all. More true wise words from you, and familiar strategies. Ziggy loved all Bob Marley, so I do too. ‘ Don’t worry about a thing’ is my favourite, & has me wanting to dance, whatever my concerns.
    Take care and keep writing and enjoying life.
    Love Sue

  8. jkatel says:

    so insightful and uplifting as ever, Tim. Thank you x

  9. Victoria Jones says:

    Wow …. I have to confess I got this email a few days ago… In the midst of a rather dire patch…. So have only just read it.. And it was EXACTLY what I needed to read… Very uplifting .. Thank you for sharing…. Victoria x

  10. Lesley says:

    Divine inspiration comes in strange ways/places doesn’t it? Glad you got a pick up! Thank you as always for reminding us all to be positive.

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