What could you choose to pause doing? — Tom McCallum

Tom McCallum
2 min readMar 27, 2022

Yesterday I went for a four-hour bike ride complete with probably the best breakfast roll anywhere. From the picture, I hope you will agree! This was a bit of a “carpe diem” ride, as in a few days time I will be having major surgery, for colon cancer. Yikes!

To begin, I want to share how I feel. My overriding feeling is gratitude, as this came about from being invited to the NHS bowel cancer screening programme on my 56th birthday. The purpose of this is to catch things early, with the vast majority of people screened getting the all-clear. I was in the minority who did not get the all-clear, but I feel grateful to have been screened early and also feel in great hands with the NHS.

My prognosis is for a full recovery, so though surgery is major, it is routine, so I’ll be “off the grid” in terms of communications and meetings for a few weeks, but after about mid-April the best thing for me will be to get back talking to people, I do live for connections with people and ideas.

I share the specifics for one primary reason, to be an advocate for everybody 50+ to get themselves screened for this and, at other ages and stages of life, for anything that is appropriate and that gives a chance to catch anything that is developing within you prior to it becoming symptomatic.

Now, beyond sharing this, after today I will pause this daily blog for a few weeks. This particular pause is enforced, but I’m musing on the “power of the pause” and how sometimes we have a choice to pause something we do regularly but often “keep on keeping on” as it is “the way we’ve always done it” or other such reasons.

Sometimes it is valuable to pause, whether enforced or voluntarily. Think about your work and life and what you do regularly. Perhaps there are one or two things you could choose to pause doing?

Right, see you on the other side, Hamba Kahle (Go well)

Originally published at https://tommccallum.com on March 27, 2022.

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