What a poignant “visual” reminder Autumn and her falling leaves have become to me…
a reminder that my life on this earth, as I now know it, will also come to an end
and I too will have to physically let go of all that I’ve held on to and been attached to.
And what will this look like for me?
Will it be an easy and peaceful release like it is for the leaves? Or will I tighten my grip and hold on with all intensity because I know I’m not ready to let go?
Currently I’m watching the latter being played out before me, in the life of another, and I now know with certainty that I never want to end my life in such a way.
So what do I need to do to be like the leaves?
First, I’m learning that I must truly learn how to live and live without regrets.
Bronnie Ware an Australian nurse who has spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives has put her observations down in a book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – “An inspiring memoir that teaches us to apply the lessons learned by those nearing their death to our own life. Bronnie’s book shows us that it is possible, if you make conscious choices, to die with peace of mind.”
…and like the leaves
fall from the trees
Happy Thanksgiving Day wishes to all…
“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”
― Todd Stocker
To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks.
— Flannery O’Connor
Discovering myself and growing in my understanding of life
through the intricacies and complexities of the Enneagram.
Marinating in its wisdom
and finding much needed growth,
growth that I’ve been wanting and craving for, for so long.
When summer gathers up her robes of glory
And, like a dream, glides away.
— Sarah Helen Whitman
photo Angelica Swanström
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
— Lao Tzu
photo Albert Watson
I recently had the privilege of hearing Michael Messenger, President of World Vision Canada speak.
When he visits the country of Zimbabwe, the people there will greet him in their native language of Ndebele with, “Saliboni.” (means “I see you”)
To which he’ll respond, “Sikhona.” (means “I am here to be seen”)
“What I love about this greeting is that instead of checking to see how you are, it actually starts by affirming the worth and value that you have as a person.
It’s impossible to say “I see you” and then open yourself up to be seen without recognizing that the person that you’re about to speak to has a right to be there, an inherent worth, an inherent dignity.” — Michael Messenger
What a challenge this is to us in our western world.
The idea of truly stopping to “see” someone when you interact with them
to make the effort to connect and engage with them on a deeper level is something we rarely do.
I truly believe the people of Zimbabwe have something great to teach us –
when interacting with others we too need to say “Saliboni”
value their presence
and “see” them.
# life lessonImage: artsy.net