When I was about 20 years old, I had a conversation with a passerby... a woman shopping in the department store where I worked. I never forgot what she told me. She was a happy elderly woman around 83 years old. It was a chance meeting and a sharing of spirit I never forgot.
I can't remember why we started speaking or what we were talking about, but her message is timeless and a worthy lesson.
She said she felt like she was 18 years old inside. She still felt vibrant, optimistic and joyful. She acknowledged the wisdom gained through life's journey with its twists and turns. Nevertheless, she shared great joy with me for the happiness she felt inside. Only when she looked into the mirror was when she was reminded of her octagenarian status.
Little did I know how many times I would think of these words throughout my life. I don't remember her face, but I do remember her spirit and the glow she had around her....like the watching a sunset on a summer evening.
I share this story with you because it is especially significant at this time in my life. My mother passed away almost 20 years ago and I kept her spirit with me by naming my store and website in honor of her- Millie's Daughter Designs.
My father died recently and I have been struggling with the many changes that have occurred after his death. He passed in June, 2008.
I can't remember when I started writing this blog. I was overwhelmed with emotion and sadness. But, time has passed. On my return from our 3 month stay in Costa Rica, I found this uncompleted blog. I decided to finish it and share my lesson with you.
We all keep our loved ones in our heart and go to them when we miss them, want to talk to them, or just want to feel loved. I truly followed my bliss by living in Costa Rica and travelling to Peru.
On Easter night, I cried remembering it was the last holiday I spent with my Dad. I have learned a short prayer. It gives me solace and allows me to experience joy in life.
I love you.
I forgive you.
What more needs to be said?