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Recounting Blessings

From a Full Life Enriched by Sport
A Book written by John Henderson

Dedicated to his parents
James Nicoll Kerr Henderson (1908-1989)
Nancy (Telfer) Henderson (1905-1990) 

‘Recount your blessings,
Name them one by one,
And it should not surprise you
What the Lord has done.’

(With apologies to Johnson Oatman Jr., 1897)

           People’s lives are sketched out within the moving pages of history from the various ways in which they have been influenced by heredity, the march of time, people encountered, places lived in or visited, and events experienced. On reflection each of these facets of living in detail can be judged as blessing or curse. I am indeed fortunate that so many of the particulars of my own journeying have been dominated by the word ‘blessings’ and thus recalled by me today as having been God’s gift to me to enjoy, not just from the potential of personal achievement that they provided, but also from what ‘blessings’ others may have had the opportunity to gain from any of our fleeting and more lasting interactions at various times.


            The theme of this book is sport, and particularly its influence on my life as an enriching blessing as time passed, as some key people offered support, as suitable environments encouraged progress and as events organised by my elders provided the stages for participation – all helping me come to realize the benefits that being ‘a good sport’ can bring to the quality of life. Indeed the realisation that the thrill of winning is impossible to appreciate fully without experiencing the depths of disappointment of a loss, helps one become magnanimous in victory and genuinely congratulatory of opponents in defeat. It is, to parody Burns, ‘a gift gean us tae see result as ithers see it’!

            Chronology provides the framework of the book. Significant people and/or places and/or events are the subjects of its episodes that are mostly expressed in prose and/or verse but at other times in photographs.

John Henderson, 15.05.2004

The account stopped at this point as I'm told the family felt it was going too much into privacy matters that were thought not to be suitable for public viewing.  I think both John and myself felt a wee bit disappointed at this but family views needed to be satisfied. 

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