Hi! This is Dorothy. "Hats" are at the forefront of my mind just now, for a number of reasons. Yesterday I watched The Royal Wedding and loved the variety of hats, and last Sunday I wore an Easter hat. I have been a hat lover most of my life. Do I always wear one, especially on Sundays - no; do I like to wear one occasionally or if attending a wedding or memorial service - yes, I do. One of the joys of advancing chronologically in years is that I am comfortable not being one of the crowd.
Being caught up in the excitement of the wedding of Will and Kate, my thoughts drifted to hats I have worn over the years. Very early years had frilly bonnets; pre-and-teen years - various Sunday-go-to-Church ones (with white gloves); Canadian winter warm ones; Wedding hats; a no-hat period; daring hats; variations of same hat with different scarves to complement an outfit; ones with large brims, and ones more sedate.
As I reflected, I saw that each hat was symbolic of a phase in my life. Times of following the 'proper' rules (Sunday church); times of rebellion (no hat); daring ones with large brims (even though I top 5 feet), to today, when I choose when to wear one.
So let me ask you: What did you do at various stages of your life? Conform, people-please, rebel? To my male listeners - what were your choices? Jackets, ties, no ties, casual or formal attire? Was it important to adhere to rules, follow the crowd, or be your own person? I believe it was those symbolic choices that we made that brought us to where we are today. Are you content? Are you too busy? Are there changes you would like to make?
As we are now in the exciting time of transformation with colourful spring blossoms and longer daylight hours, may I urge you to create some quiet time to reflect on the passages of your life. Are your "to do" lists so long that you forget to pause and listen to the inner voice of wisdom that quietly calls you to fully live in the present? I close with a quote that was buried among my inspirational 'gems':
"Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way." (Author unknown)
If I can support you with your journey, please contact me.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada