Saturday, June 22, 2013
Today I said ciao to my Sister from another Mister, Dawn Vlinder (VLINDER2013). And it's sooooooo okay because I learned and solidified a few lessons this week that I get to keep with me in every moment because she was here :-).
Lesson One: The CONNECTIONS we make while we are here are the ONLY things that shall last when everything else, including our physical forms, are gone from this Earth. Dawn 'left' Florida today, but what she LEFT for me to keep is real. It's as real as her body being here with me. We smiled...we CRACKED OUR FAT AS*ES UP...lolol...we did...we cried...we talked...really talked about what matters and what doesn't...we kissed...we hugged...we LOVED each other :-). We made a connection that shall stand for eternity, regardless of what happens to our bodies, this country, this planet. Physical presence is NO MATCH for spiritual connection :-). For this knowledge, I am EVER so grateful.
Lesson two: We have to live...love...laugh...while we ARE HERE. To get all of that good spiritual stuff, we have to be willing to put our booties in the seat and take the ride! And we have to remember to be GRATEFUL we got to take the ride at all.
We cannot JUDGE the ride. It's not the same for everyone, but that doesn't mean it wasn't GOOD.
It does us no good to ATTACH ourselves to the ride...when it's over, it's just over. Our job is to get up and go to the next ride...whether that's another life chapter, a new job, a different relationship or into eternity.
Expectations RUIN the ride. Why spend time anticipating...when we can just BE PRESENT in each moment and have the FULL EXPERIENCE of the ride?
Lesson three: Being GRATEFUL supersedes EVERY other emotion we can conjure regarding our experience here. Gratitude is ALWAYS the best emotion because it keeps us in REALITY. Every other emotion really is just a whole bunch of compulsive thought and a trip into the realm of FANTASY. No matter WHAT is happening, there is ALWAYS something for which I can be grateful. Gratitude keeps me PRESENT. And PRESENCE is sheer BLISS :-).
Dawn...thank you for shining your light on my face and in my world.
For the rest of my Circle of Sisters...THANK YOU for your light too. it is no less bright for arriving through my computer screen :-).
I am so grateful to be here with all of you AMAZING women ;-). I am so very grateful for the SparkPeople experience...for recovery...for the gift of life...today.