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
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
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...
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
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