2014 is a watershed in my life on so many fronts. Not counting the sudden increase of the silver strands of wisdom on my head, the surgery I had to remove uterine fibroids was a major event that served to awaken me spiritually. Several of my blogs in the past year were devoted to what I had learned through the ordeal—which, in hindsight, was a blessing in disguise. The article, “The Spiritual Lesson My Illness Gave Me,” turns out to the most popular one, and I’m so glad I wrote it, as it serves as a wonderful reminder of the journey I have gone through and what it has meant and will continue to mean to me. I have explored several subjects related to pain, both physical and emotional, and haven’t put down all my insights due to the lack of time. I should say that so far, my experience of extreme physical and emotional pain has led me to ways out of this pain—not through escape but through going through and transcending it. And the journey itself, though unpleasant, was worth it. It was worth it because it was a most human experience. It humbled me. It made me feel that I was, after all, alive. And though a cliché now, I must say that I agree totally with Nietzsche’s statement: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Here are the stats. Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.