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I don’t know. Need is a very strong word. Many rely on me and I on them
I feel like the world needs all of us right in this moment. Especially in Ukraine and all the countries taking in the people escaping the violence. Especially the children who must flee their homes and life that they once knew. I hold them all in my thoughts and heart. I need to feel that most of the world is holding each other’s hands in love.
A dear friend telephoned me because she needed to laugh, we share the same dark humor. This came with a big reminder, nothing at anyone else’s expense, ever, no matter what. She said “my doctors said I will be paralyzed in a few months, but today I’m not”. I realized how much I needed to hear that courage, support and love from her.
Today I need me to show up for me, as myself and to support all people, regardless of where I am, or where they are at in life.
I need to support my dear friend Zina who is from Russia, whose family is in Russia, Ukraine, and Germany. She is the most gracious hospitable person I have ever met, how frightened and torn her heart is right now.
Right now, my dog needs me to be patient in training him and figuring out what’s causing his aggression when I close the cage door. And I need the specialized trainer to help me learn what I can do better.
Who needs me? My dad is in need of assistance right now so any free time and even missed work has been spent with him as he recovers from a fall. This has been hard on me being away from home and my family and missing work. Luckily though I do have the opportunity to be here for him and help him.
Whom do I need right now? I need my husband; I need him to be here for me during this time, I need his love and support during this time.
There is a flood emergency in this part of the world right now. As the waters subside, there will be a big clean-up to do for the flooded properties and much support needed for those impacted in the community through loss of life, loss of income and damage to property. In this part of the world, we have become good at standing up again after being knocked over by natural disasters, but it is painful nevertheless.
Who needs me, and whom do I need right now?
Right now, my Ukrainian friend needs me as she deals with being here in the USA, while her family in the Ukraine faces the unknown.
Right now and always, I need to connect with family and friends. Living by myself, I am always aware of this.
Who I need, and who needs me is a two-way street. We need each other, actually. It’s mutual. I need to be comforted, and I also need to also feel uncomfortable in my interactions with others.
My students at school need me, and I need them. They need me to show up and be present and to be with them “in good times and in bad times” as the wedding vows say. They keep me real, they push me to be engaged, honest and to be my best self.
Hopefully my kids and grandchildren – perhaps also my younger brother and maybe also my even-younger brother and their wives.
My anxious and always worried Inner Child who is never far away from the surface needs me and the grown up Adult I am today needs that anxious and always worried little boy because there’s no happiness without suffering. Gratitude is so much a part of my everday living because of the many challenges that little boy had to overcome.
The other day on Twitter Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg said this about who needs me:
We need all hands on deck and there’s a lot of deck.
Find your place on deck.
If you have a talent, use it.
If you have money, donate it.
If you have connections, leverage them.
If you have time, offer it.
If you have a platform, share the mic.
I keep thinking of her line: “We need all hands on deck and there’s a lot of deck.”
In my everyday life my children need me even though they’re adults. My husband needs me and I need him. I need my friends I talk with almost every day, with whom I share both small everyday pains and delights and big discussions on deep topics. In the larger world I need to show up.
My family, friends, faith community, our dog, my husband. Whom do it need? Ditto.
My cat woke me this morning and told me there was a fire in the kitchen…. there wasn’t. LOL.
When I was very alone, many years ago now, and the circumstances of my life were not good, I would look at my rescue-cat and think, “Well, at least I can make one creature happy,” and it kept me going.
Today I feel very fortunate to have also a husband, children, and dear friends, and though I don’t keep score on needs, I am very grateful for the bonds.
Oh my! It sounds like a rude awakening, Holly! Wishing you a good day 🤗😊🙃❤️🧿
My dog, cat, husband, parents, siblings, and extended family need me, and I need them.
The world also needs me. I have a light to share, but today I am sending prayers to everyone in need, particularly to the people in Ukraine. My heart breaks thinking about what is happening over there.
I like to think my grown kids need me. I sure need them. And my friends and siblings.
Then there are the countless others whose names I don’t know – truck drivers who bring goods to the stores where I shop; docs, techs and nurses who help keep my body healthy; the person who invites me to get in line ahead of them because I am obviously in a hurry.
I wonder what unknown others will need me today to perform similar acts?
I pray for the people of Ukraine and northern Australia . Flooding in Australia . The quote from today has sunflowers . Sunflowers are the flower of Ukraine . Blessings for world peace and inner peace .who do I need . My family and friends
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