I have recently lost one of my patients, Ruby. I had been treating her intermittently for over 15 years.
I had made a promise to Ruby, that I felt I had not fulfilled – you see, she wanted to live to be 103 years of age. As her Homeopathic practitioner, I said that I would promise to do all I was allowed to do.
Unfortunately, circumstances made it impossible to see her as much as she needed towards the end of her life, and the homeopathic medication that I had always given her in the past she could no longer self-administer. She was suffering from TIAs (mini strokes) and there was no one there to ensure that she had her medication regularly.
I had successfully treated Ruby for TIAs in the past when she was taking the medication on time. Sadly, this time was different, and Ruby deteriorated.
I was thinking of her as I walked to the top of this mountain road called Ridgeway in Newport, also known as Little Switzerland. The views are usually quite breathtaking.
As I walked up the road, the sky was dramatically changing colour every few minutes. The colours got warmer and richer – the sky was on fire. The sunset was incredible and thankfully gave me the lift I desperately needed at that time. As the sky went from cloudy grey, to blues, oranges, magenta, reds and finally a ruby-red colour, my mood and thinking changed from being low, sad and hurt to energised, positive and clear.
As I walked along the top of the field, I noticed the benches there possessed beautiful, warm heart-felt messages to loved ones that had passed away. I even saw an older lady that resembled Ruby, painting a bench that she must have bought and dedicated to her loved one. I watched her for a while as she painting the bench with a big smile.
There were others sat alone, just looking far afield.
When I started reading the lovely messages on the benches it made me realise that love, memories and experiences are all that we have in this lifetime so we should value every minute we have, as Ruby did.
I decided to create the above painting because it had such a life-changing impact on me.
And now, whenever I feel down (which isn’t often), I look at it and it changes my way of thinking, giving me a lift and making me appreciate all that I have and all that I do.
Ruby lived an incredibly fulfilling and healthy life since we started our journey together. I shouldn’t have been so hard on myself.
When I look at my painting of ‘Sunset At Ridgeway’ it reminds me of my magical journey with Ruby.
Ruby lived to be 101 years old, and died of old age.