Last week, I shared about a teacher's final gift. The next day, Janet was gone from this earth. Today, friends & family gathered to share our memories and celebrate her life. She truly was a mountain of a woman and her spiritual generosity knew no bounds.
Her memorial service reflected her Buddhist faith and it was both moving and healing. I feel blessed to have been a part of it.
- simply jag
And so, in no particular order, I hereby present to you, my...
READING LIST 2010
- But Not the Hippopotamus - Sandra Boynton
- On the Road - Jack Kerouac
- There's Nothing Wrong with You - Cheri Huber
- A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
- Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
- Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
- The Soul of a Tree - George Nakashima
- A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
- "Otherland" series (Books 1, 2, 3 & 4) - Tad Williams
- I Knew You Could - Craig Dorfman
- Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
- Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
- Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
- Haiku Year - Gilroy, Grace, McKay, Martin, Phillips, Roth & Stipe
- The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat
- Come, Thou Tortoise - Jessica Grant
- Life of Pi - Yann Martel
- When All You Have is Hope - Frank O'Dea
As I finish reading a book, I'll change the colour of the text to pink. As you can see, I've already finished one (Three Cups of Tea)... and what a great book it was! I highly recommend it... On to the next one!
I looked wisdom in the eye today.
I looked impermanence in the eye today.
I looked love in the eye today.
And although that eye was her only way of communicating, those are the messages I received.
I had the blessing of sitting silently with a friend today.
She is in an end-of-life care facility... in the final stages of her cancer journey.
She has easily had three lifetimes worth of struggles in this one short life, and she has worn them with dignity.
I was nervous about going to see her.
I knew it was to say good-bye ...and thank you.
I was so nervous, I even Googled "what to say to a person who is dying".
(Yes, I actually did that!)
I was reminded that I didn't need to say much.
I could let my presence speak.
I could let my love speak.
As it turned out, that was all I needed.
She is beyond speech now.
Except for that one eye.
My nervousness soon dissipated and I felt...
by the experience
by her presence
by the gift.
She has been a teacher to me...
a companion on the journey of recovery and discovery
and even in these final days,
probably without even knowing it,
Thank you, my friend.
Peace to you..
- simply jag