Remembering Anne Elizabeth Myshok (née King)
January 13, 1951 - June 7, 2020
As we welcome a new month, let's take a brief time to suspend everything we know to be our current reality, and let our imaginations take us to our favourite tranquil place. Are you sitting by the ocean watching the waves? Enjoying your garden? Hiking on a favourite trail? I am sitting on my balcony, breathing in the fragrance of the flowers wafting up from the patio below, watching tiny birds flit here and there, and marveling at a large family of geese strolling by, having meandered up from the near-by park for a change in scenery.
Suddenly, with absolute clarity, in our minds we hear the words: Trust the journey, everything in your life is exactly as it needs to be. We know we have been given an amazing gift of assurance, that we can choose the direction of our journey. We feel alive, confident, filled with hope, and ready to turn the page to begin the next chapter of our life's story.
For most of us, change is not one of our favourite things, yet it happens with amazing rapidity. Today, having made adjustments to ensure our safety and that of others in dealing with the COVID pandemic, it is still important, even with the loosening of guideline restrictions in many areas, that we be mindful it is not a licence to return to the normal we once knew, but an opportunity to unleash a 'new normal' in creative ways.
This morning, after 20 years as the host of CBC radio's The Sunday Edition, I listened to Michael Enright's last broadcast. One of the replayed segments was where Michael, admitting he regretted never learning to play the piano, with the assistance of music guru, Robert Harris, successfully played on air. Michael, now 77, has tenure of over four decades with CBC and is commencing a new program later this year, proving that creativity has no age limits.
A favourite movie, The Princess Diaries, includes a letter to coming-of-age Mia from her late father: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear." Those words are attributed to Ambrose Redmoon. Mia's father continued, "... from now on you will be travelling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey."
May I ask: Do YOU have an unfulfilled yen? Is there a first tiny action step you could take? My special friend to whom I read bedtime stories had a desire to sing, and courageously joined a choir of 'young ones', the majority of whom were in their nineties. This week, thanks to a kind and altruistic suggestion by the skilled teacher from whom I had a Skype lesson, I started an on-line piano course that feels a better fit for me. Favourite nighttime reading of Nora Roberts' romance novels now includes reviewing my ministerial metaphysical degree course material ... Enlightening!!! Did I ever even know that?
Consider, by using this time of change and adjustment to seek out and implement buried ideas, we could add joyful experiences to our stories! We just have to trust the journey and have faith that everything in our lives is exactly as it needs to be! We don't have to do it alone but, as with Mia, the key is to allow ourselves to make the journey!
A new podcast, Home is Where Your Heart Belongs,
has been posted on my Stories by the Fireside page.
Thank you for joining me. Until next time, I wish you happy summer days ... Blessèd be. Namasté!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada