“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. People ask me all the time, “So, how is your Dad?” I’m not always sure what to say, mostly because the person asking me is usually someone I am meeting for the first time. It’s so personal. It’s amazing how the story has continued to touch people’s lives, and is still shared today. It makes it worth it, to get over the awkwardness of reviving a personal piece of the past with a complete stranger.
I can’t say it’s the same for my Dad. He gets the same comments, the same questions, except it’s even more personal — “How are you doing?” And that’s not always as easy for him. I am so grateful that he is in a better place today. As I reflect on what it means to really have a “second chance” at life, I am aware that some things have to stay in the past for us to truly move forward. That doesn’t mean we forget it. It just means that we may need space to grow from it.
I hope that the stories I shared with you have helped to humanize the lives of those who live on the streets today. It is so deeply personal and sensitive. In each person is a story of struggle, hope, and love. People have asked how they can help, what they can do to make it better.
Exercise your own personal compassion, in whatever way that looks/feels. The willingness to help and care for someone is personal, and there are many ways to help. And for some, the exercise of personal compassion could mean that you have to stay away because it hurts too much to be close. That is okay, too.
I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’m looking forward to it. One thing I do know is that I’m grateful to all of you who have shared words of encouragement and support during my darkest times. It has meant so much to me, to know that I was not alone in this. Thank you… truly. Now, let’s get back to living life to the fullest, embracing the challenges that come, having the strength to be vulnerable, and moving forward fearlessly and courageously. Ready? Get set… go! 😉 Sending you my warmest, biggest, wrap-around hug!
#hope #faith #love