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2024 Happy New Year’s Resolution — 12 Comments

  1. Dear Neighbor Ned. Thank you for sharing all of this. If anyone can do it…YOU can! Hope we may talk soon about the possibilities. Love, Grandma Donna

    • Thank you, Grandma Donna, you have been a wonderful listener and reliable support throughout these recent years. Much love, Ned.

  2. Dear Ned,
    I understand so much more about you now. You have always been kind and humorous, but your story reveals your enormous courage and resilience. Thank you for sharing so vulnerably. I am fortunate to know you.
    🥰Elizabeth

  3. To my favorite cousin ~
    You are an inspiration and treasure in my life. You and your brother are great sources of comfort and joy to me. I am grateful that we are family.

    Happy New Year

    • Thank you, dear cousin Louise, your steadfast compassion and support through years of trials and travails has sustained me beyond measure.

    • Thank you, Dave, your years of assistance and support with my mom will never be forgotten.
      – with deep gratitude and fond appreciation – Ned

  4. Hello my Sweet Friend, thank you for opening your gentle heart, baring your Soul and facing your pain (both physically and spiritually) with determination and grace. All the years that I have known you, you have confronted your pain, making your mind up to do whatever it takes to heal your body. You can do this, Neddie, I will continue to be your cheerleader and encourage you as you face your pain, your depression, your disappointments and your awesome amazing progress that you share with me. You are a courageous and loving man who deserves to live life to the fullest and I believe with every part of me that you can and will do this!!! Sending love, blessings and positive light to you each day…🥰

    • Thank you, Dawn, for your kind words. You know how much I admire you for overcoming so many challenges. We are each other’s cheerleaders. Also, we danced like crazy when we could.

  5. Dearest Ned,

    Look at all the love bestowed onto you. These words by your friends and family literally brought me tears and I wipe them away as I type this. I know not how you can feel depressed with all this love and acceptance of who you are. But, I’m not in the physical and emotional pain you are in so I gather my compassion for your situation. How I wish I could magically make it all go away, but then you might not get to feel how much you are truly loved. Through all your pain, I have felt your kind heart every time we got together. I miss those walks in the park, and our talks of spiritual existence. I’m grateful that we still have the phone to exchange our thoughts, and please know that I think of you often, in between our talks. Thank you for sharing this difficult part of your life, and for vowing to take it less seriously. As I like to re-mind my Self, no one leaves this earth unscathed. Sending lots of love and hugs your way so that you may live your best life.

    • Laila, you have been an angel, driving long distances to visit me, bringing me food and treats, accompanying me during my halting, early attempts to walk, when I could only take a few steps at a time. Most of all, thank you for our deep conversations.

      I wrote about your support for me in this post: https://nedburatovich.com/my-healing-mantra/ which starts out like this:

      “My dear friend, Laila, who accompanied me on my healing walks gave me her copy of a favorite book, on the condition that I would read and apply it.
      The book was You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay with the premise that healing physical illness or injury depends fundamentally on your mental (psychological, emotional, spiritual) processes and patterns.”

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