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ma cliente Dounia qui a apartagé son histoire et m’ a permis de me poser des questions importantes sur ma propre histoire.
translation: my client Dounia who shared his story and allowed me to ask important questions about my own story.
At a time of sorrow someone pointed me to the Cohen lyric in Anthem “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” We’re never really broken.
I love that line, Malag! Its the truth, and it’s beautiful.
I’m glad it resonates with you too, sunnypatti
My partner who I am learning to build trust with when I thought I could never trust again. A woman I did not know, who spoke the truth in such a way that I heard it, I asked for help and she readily gave it. All the faceless strangers who extend kindness and inspiration, giving freely to the world.
My dear friend Anna who came for coffee this morn, instead of meeting me at a coffee shop. Wonderful! I met her at the condo community Halloween party 2 yrs ago, but she was busy with grandchildren, and we only ran into each other again several weeks ago. Such a treat!
The adult orphan using the microwave in my parents kitchen
Without question, Anjali Appadouri, climate leader and first time political candidate who we supported wholeheartedly with time and money in Canada’s recent federal election. She models joyful, respectful, fiercely intelligent leadership for the climate emergency and she’s just 31!
My grandson, Samuel. When I found out my son and his girlfriend were pregnant my first response was disappointment and concern. Since they were not married I wondered if their committment to one another was deep enough to last the length of Samuel’s lifetime. I feared for Samuel emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Well…fast forward five years, two and half of those were spent living with Samuel in our home. I never imagined at my age I’d have a toddler living in my home but here we were… and I welcomed him with open arms!! Samuel has made me remember what it was like to be a young mother with babies of my own. That little boy is a my joy and my heart, along with his little sister. Samuels parents remain committed to doing life together and got married when Sammy was a year and a half. They’re still “figuring things out” in life, but they do it together and I’m proud of them.
I guess because I am old, most of the people or persons who have made a big impact in my life is not someone I have known for a short time, especially with Covid happening these past few years…but the one I can recall is Heather Cox Richardson. I technically have not known her, but her Letters From An American have had a huge impact in my life. Knowing the difference these past few years between fact and fantasy, truth and lies, has been monumental. Knowing I am not alone in this, knowing the history of it all, has been calming and helpful in these stress-filled times. And knowing I am not alone in this has been healing.
I am in a grief counseling process with two other widows and two counselors. The stories and the openness I hear there about their mourning, their marriage, frustrations about not being able to go back to make up for old mistakes, leave a huge impression on me. It has an impact on me in the sense that I realize that every marriage and every mourning is different. But also that I realize that Karel and I have done very well. We were always loving towards each other. We could rely on each other. We enjoyed each other. I am so very grateful for the beautiful life I had with him. I call my own mourning a royal mourning compared to the mourning of the other two widows.
My meditation teacher. He has helped me learn how to deal with very difficult emotions.
Having been forced to change to a new care company I have met 25 new people over the last 2 months without even getting out of bed!
One of those is now a regular carer who comes to me for 5 evenings a week and we have found we have a wonderful spiritual connection which is lovely as I am unable to physically go out and find like-minded people.
I love how the Universe is taking care of you, Butterfly! Being able to connect with others is so important, so I’m happy for you 🙂
Dear Butterfly, I’m so happy for you. Sounds like you deserved this. I wish you many nice encounters with your new carer.💕
A teacher at my school who actually puts her wellness first.
My husband! We have known each other for 3 1/2 years and been together for 2 1/2 of those. We met at work, and the first year was just casual passing in the back hall or on the floor. The time came when he asked me for surf lessons, and I shrugged him off, then later he asked me to a concert (which happened to be one of my favorite bands), and the sparks flew pretty quickly with us. Obviously since now we are married and comfy in our home! He has shown me that I can, indeed, trust another person with my heart, that it’s totally possible to have an honest relationship, that love can exist without codependent strings attached, and that soulmates are real! I have never felt so connected to another person, and honestly didn’t think it was in the stars for me… I’m grateful that it was! Life is fun with him, and I can’t imagine it any other way.
…and what a wonderful feeling. So much love and warmth. I am very glad for you and for your husband. 💕
So happy for you, sunnypatti 🥰
big smiles here, Sunnypatti. It sounds like he “knew” pretty quickly that you were “the one!”
Lee., the brother of a friend who once was an Anglican priest, who left the church and became a crisis counsellor at a high school . Now retired, he still provides guidance emphasizing spirituality. I met him only a few years ago but his impact on me is great. We occasionally meet for coffee and discuss issues surrounding gratitude and compassion. A great mentor for a lot of people
Though I do not have a lot of opportunity at present to meet people, I have in the last few months gotten to know my new neighbor and we have found shared interests. She comes from NYC, so this is quite a big change for her. I have been able to introduce her to others and help her find her needs so she can feel more grounded here, and she has shown me her wonderful talents and shared many interesting stories.
Daphne – the stray kitty who showed up in my backyard about a month ago. She finally let me pet her yesterday and this morning! Progress:)
Aww!! That’s great! A few days ago I finally got my outdoor kitty to purr 😻
Currently, my life feels blessed by the many people whom I have known for decades, and these people over time, some now deceased, have had a significant and positive impact on me. Not sure what this says about me, but, the few people whom I call my friends, who are new in my life are just that, friends and nothing more at this time. While I enjoy and seek out new experiences, the inner compass that guides my life isn’t easily swayed by new and shiny objects.
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