Monday, May 28, 2018

May 26, 2018
Reflection and Calm
 
As I begin my 70th year, I head into the evolution and reality of my retirement plans, my next stage in life. I reflect on so much I have to be grateful for and so much I have to look forward to as I move into this time in my life. Feeling calm to be putting aside now, much of my work in the greater community as a mental health counselor and college instructor. Many new opportunities a wait for friendships to continue to be nurtured with very dear colleagues and friends that have walked along side of me for many years. Knowing too that those relationships will take on a new color yet never be lost. I was told there is not a word for good-bye in our language. This is what I have been told by the tribal elders and young ones following in their ways over and over again, and from many different tribal communities. I have been extremely honored to serve within tribal communities and the general community as well.

Now my life takes a bend in the river as it turns home to a slower pace of service. Deepening my life with my husband. Joyful, boisterous days of activities with my grand children, the loves of my life! Nurturing my garden that has been patiently waiting for me. Gently tending to my private practice as a counselor and Reiki practitioner. Collaborating with my husband on the work we so deeply care about here at Skagit family Study Center.

What this photo I took some months ago now means for me is that my walk and the balance in my life has been graced. Graced by each step, each lesson learned, and yet, still by each unknown step yet to be realized, I reflect on the blessings these opportunities have given me now, right now, I prayerfully walk this next path with immense humility and gratitude.