My Family, immediate and extended-through adoption, "unofficial adoption," and mentoring, dwell at the center of my life. Given my age, my grandparents, parents and aunts and uncles have long since departed. However, my adult children, their partners, grandchildren, god-children, cousins, sisters and brothers of the heart [many discovered in the adoption community, others dating back to my early school years], and beloved friends, all offer incomparable love and comfort, as well as expected challenges and concerns. No matter how far away, a mere word by email, a card, phone call, or just thoughts traveling via the ether never fail to bring a smile, radiant inner warmth, JOY.
Equally important for me is the luxury of being on my own, to revel in absolute quiet and solitude, especially when immersed in or surrounded by the beauty of nature. The deep connection with the skies above me, whether brilliant blue, menacingly dark and thunderous, streaked by a rainbow or pulsating with aurora borealis, is indescribably affirming. The same holds true when gazing out upon turquoise crystal clear ocean waters, or roiling waves that unleash the fury of the underworld; vast expanses of gently rolling fields, snow-capped mountain tops, craggy peaks that soar above the clouds, forests dappled with faint sun rays, the night sky flickering with billions of stars or awash with the glow of the full moon. To feel whole when alone is essential. It means that you will never be lonely, bored, fearful, rooted to an unchangeable past or projected uniquely towards a questionable future. Just being, in the moment, breathing contentment is one of life's greatest blessings. Even if the experience only lasts several minutes, it allows one to ground oneself, recharge, and be ready to re-engage in family and societal relationships.
Wishing you many such moments throughout life, to come to know yourself, be comfortable with who you are, grow... Achieving this form of practice- inner stillness and serenity- will also further enrich your close "family" connections as you follow your chosen path. When speaking of "Family," I am alluding to family members in the broadest terms...
With much love. Remember. If you feel like connecting with me, I am here to listen to you.