Remembering and Giving Thanks

It is 17 years since my father passed away... it seems like yesterday I was talking with him and appreciating the wisdom and kindness we shared. He was a man of few words and yet, when I spoke with him I was inspired. He championed me in so many ways, some very subtle and others more direct. There were times I questioned his behaviour and thinking... and I loved him.  He was loving and accepting. I learned so much from him and find myself quoting  him in my day to day life...

Dadís oldest sister passed away this week, of Altzheimerís, at 96 yrs of age... during my last visit with her, a few years ago, I introduced myself as her brotherís daughter... she remembered me and particularly my dad... her eyes lit up at the mention of his name... I could see the love she felt for him so clearly and it brought me such joy as I shared the moment with her...

I remember these experiences and the time spent with them both... visits to the farm, good food, laughter and playing in the hay loft... it all seemed to be the normal process for a childís life... I realize now that these memories are very special and I am thankful for each one.

When someone leaves it can be a very challenging time and yes, Time heals... What I find particularly delightful is my gratitude for the handprint they both left on my heart. I am the person you see before you because of the influence of my ancestors... I have been blessed with so many wonderful people who love me and the memories show up from time to time. What a gift!

Remembering them helps me remember myself. Being thankful for their presence in my life helps me to appreciate the richness of who I am. I am the daughter, niece, sister, wife, mother, friend because they taught me... they gave me a model to follow and I am so very thankful to all who have been a part of my lifeís journey.

I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect and remember those who have passed and all the wisdom and joy you shared with them... Give thanks for the light pressure against your heart that reminds you of their love and kindness... Appreciate that in each moment of your life you are offering the same gift to those who are present in your life...

You too will be remembered and appreciated for the gifts you share... You are the ancestor... Give thanks for the gift of your presence in this time...

 

Today, I...
Remember the past with joy in my heart...
Give thanks for the wisdom present in my life...
Appreciate the love and connections I share with others...
And so it is....

Liz Robitaille is an internationally recognized Louise L. Hay teacher and founder of Wisdom is Within Coaching.  She can be reached at 877-986-5321 or liz@wisdomiswithin.com

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