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"good" Friday

I had a busy week with family and community in NL, but treasured connections are always welcome.

Today is Good Friday, and after a year of illnesses and death in my family as well as in so many other families and parts of our world, I am preoccupied with what it means to love and to open my heart to suffering I cannot alleviate. Today I name this reality as the past year's hard lesson. My insight today, on the day of the Christian year when suffering is most looked upon with helpless longing to alleviate, I finally name that a lot of the helping I have done for a lifetime was an attempt to fix and solve. It had an agenda - mostly mine. The hard lesson of the crucifixion and what I realize after the past year is that at this late date in my life I am trying to learn to be with suffering, to be fully present to those suffering, not to fix, solve, or end it, but to be present in a loving way, to alleviate where I can, but also to be present to my own helplessness. What an insight, what a shift this has been today!

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04.01 | 14:04

Thanks, Andie...that's it exactly ! So glad you experienced it!

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04.01 | 13:36

'Whatever you need
and wherever you go next -
will come to you'
My holiday experience.
Grateful!

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28.12 | 10:12

Hi Brenda,
I've just finished reading The Choice - got it from the public library. What an amazing story and an unbeatable spirit. I'll check out youtube now

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24.04 | 21:27

Hi Brenda,
I did some writing this last week.
Finally!
Here is it. :)

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