Remembering Ross Farr
November 14, 1944 - September 19, 2020
September is a month that, for me, symbolizes a new beginning: classes re-starting, daylight hours shortening, crisp leaves crunching underfoot, warmer sweaters worn as temperatures dip, and new intentions set. This year has meant implementing some creative solutions due to Covid.
The illustration above is one that I see each morning on waking, which was gifted by the hotel where I stayed during a verbatim reporting hearing. Attached to it I have added a verse on Faith by Patrick Overton: When you walk to the edge of all the light you have, and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand on, or you will learn to fly.
Over the years I have experienced being on the edge of many new beginnings; some due to a career change, residence move, or significant loss or change in circumstances. At times I would land on solid ground, and other times learn to 'fly' by going in another direction. Reflecting, I can see a correlation with what we are now experiencing, that of adjusting to a 'new normal'. Faith was a huge factor each time, as often I didn't know what the next step was. How we react when we experience life changes is very personal. Can you also relate?
Also upon reflection, can you see how each step of your journey was akin to adding another piece to the tapestry of your life? As September began I received the last document that completed my sister's estate. An ending - yes; but also a new beginning - mine! Some simplified adjustments have been made in recent days with other intentions imminent that are important to my estate planning, many learned through the hands-on process for my sister.
A few years ago I wrote about a timely message from the Christopher Robin movie by the lovable philosopher, Winnie-the-Pooh: "I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been ... doing nothing often leads to the very best of something ...". That IS a faith step.
As we move into the last week of September, wherever you are on your journey, please join me in considering the often-quoted question by the late and beautiful poet, Mary Oliver, whose inspiration came from being out in Nature: "... what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?". Perhaps we need to walk away from where we've been, or do nothing for a time as we mindfully reflect ... knowing there is truth in words by the late Irish-American poet, Lola Ridge: "You are laden with beginnings". I often find inspiration by sitting at my near-by park, so perhaps you would like to listen to my August podcast about the contented rabbit that joined me.
To your new beginnings and your goings forward ... blessèd be to you! Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada