Hi! This is Dorothy. This month I want to share with you a memorable reunion that I attended three weeks ago, that had a life-changing effect. Perhaps it will bring to mind celebrations of your own, and the impact they had. The theme of mine was, 'Those were the days, my friends', and it was the 30th anniversary of a Toastmasters Club to which I belonged in Victoria, B.C.
Prior to the occasion, we reconnected by email with lost contacts and, with each update, more people were 'found' - due primarily to the 'sleuthing' of one person. During the actual event, we heard stories of how someone's support, or a message in a talk, had had a huge impact. As one speaker acknowledged, we stood on the shoulders of those more senior, stretched our comfort zones, and inspired one another. Another valuable gift was the opportunity to acknowledge significant people for their insights. Personally, one such person planted the seed of Hospice. Although that seed lay dormant for twenty years, it was never forgotten. Today, Hospice volunteering is a vital component of my life.
My intent in sharing this experience is to emphasize the importance of day-to-day contact with others. We may not know the value of the interaction, but I believe that when we come from our hearts, the Universe delivers what another needs to hear at that moment.
To apply the term from last month's message, "each day is a lifetime in miniature". Today will never happen again, so let's fall in love with our life and honour its value. Give the gift of a smile, or a cheery word to someone in an elevator. It could just be the lift that person needs.
In closing, I expand the definition of 'Namasté', which is how I end each month's message.
"I honour the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.
I honour the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.
When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me,
We are One."
May I suggest that you honour not only another person, but yourself, or an experience you are having. If you are in the midst of a challenge, honour it as well, and ask to see its 'gift', for there is one.
I wish you many 'Affairs to Remember', with life-changing impact. Enjoy the warmth of summer days. If I can support you with individual coaching on your journey, please do contact me.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada