We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. – Randy Pausch
Life is not always about grand adventures. Often, life is about subtler moments that have changed us, about moments that stay with us, moments that shape us. Moments of realization and overcoming. These stories from staff and members of Nottinghamshire Hospice show the many different paths people take, even if they end up in the same place, albeit in different capacities. What you find when you listen to the whispers, to the tales, are stories as varied as the humans who have lived them. You find joy, hope, tenacity, and, perhaps most of all…love. There are so many lessons to be learned, if only we take the time to really listen…
This anthology brings together the moments of people of all ages; from a twenty-three-year-old describing the impact of a visual impairment to a ninety-two-year-old writing about meeting the love of his life when he was sixteen. These stories are heartfelt, personal, and deeply moving. They show the luminescence and endurance of the human spirit, and they show the beauty of how we all become the people we are.