Life Begins Anew
"We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course". Memoirs of a Geisha
As mentioned in recent Moments, I 'splashed' onto the pavement last June, resulting in a broken ankle and an enforced 'pause and reflect' time. September has indeed been a time of new beginnings (the title of last month's Moment), as my wheelchair was recently exchanged for a walker, and I experienced the thrill of standing... and feeling SO tall! I was on the move again... with baby steps!
As my life begins anew, with the support of a long-time mentor, I have been looking at my life's experiences, seeking to draw answers from what was created during the past decades. Enlightening! I discovered there was a thread that connected the various episodes, mainly through people who appeared in divine timing, and oftentimes a 'slight edge' that created the next new beginning. My backwards glance has shown that everything did happen for a reason, and here I appreciate the wise words of Danish philosopher and theologian, Soren Kierkegaard, that life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards.
Can you see how the threads of your life have been woven into a beautiful tapestry? Perhaps it didn't always seem evident, just as the threads at the back of the tapestry didn't resemble the finished work, but when turned over, it was a masterpiece. I have often recalled words shared by a young girl in Galway during my Irish Pilgrimage: that each of our lives represents a piece of a beautiful mosaic, and without each one of us it would not be complete.
As we approach this special time of Thanksgiving, please acknowledge with gratitude the masterpiece of your life, all your experiences, all the people whose lives you have enriched, and those who made a difference in yours. If you have been going more or less in one direction, stay curious if you splash into something that forces you to find a new course, and then be willing to step onto it. That's where I am, on a new course. I don't have all the answers, but I do appreciate each one of my experiences, the many kindnesses I receive, wise sages, some very new and others longtime, who enrich my life. I thank you for journeying with me... may we long continue to do so. Let's welcome our new beginnings, albeit disguised as intriguing endings!
I wish you a rich and blessed Thanksgiving. If I can support you with mentoring, I do hope you'll call. Until next time... Namasté
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada