We marveled that, like life, sometimes you need to tear things apart and reinvent them in a brand-new way.
If you struggle to balance all your commitments in life, this piece will help reorient you towards what really matters – at least based on the author’s findings while reflecting on a song at a retreat.
Life is so sweet. There is so much to do and, it seems, so little time. As I age, time slips by so quickly; it’s almost frightening. Will I ever get to do the things I want to do before I die? Will I see my grandchildren and watch them grow?
No matter our health situation, our age group, or anything else; we can still do something to help make a difference. Maybe something small, like helping a neighbour who’s a care giver. They don’t even need to know who did it.
Each moment is another opportunity for us to learn, grow and invite more love and compassion in for ourselves, others, and the world. I decided that instead of living in worry and fear, I would build an empire of love.
There is a very popular ancient parable and a folk tale from India about six blind men and an elephant. It has several different versions, so I decided to put my own spin on it.
I love analogies. This particular morning, I realized I had stumbled upon one that was a little more personal than most.
Their stories are unique, yet share one commonality: their lives were taken unexpectedly by a virus. It saddens me to think about how those stories may have ended, that they may have been alone in nursing homes or hospitals, without their loved ones by their side holding their hand or kissing their cheek.
I believe the universe was preparing me for something – the pivotal moment when the oncologist would tell us, many months later, that the cancer was back and had spread to other organs in my husband’s body.
Then I learned something else. As jazz saxophonist great, Charlie Parker, said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” What… you mean I have to actually be this stuff?