Every now and again the Divine sends a message so breathtakingly clear that I am overcome with awe. I was staring at this Christmas cactus this morning and it seemed to encapsulate all the negativity that has been in my Facebook feed and in the world news lately. All I could see was the beautiful blooms were in tatters. One small shift of my gaze however and I saw the miracle on the actual plant itself. It is filled with buds. Bloom buds. Sweet, tight, hopeful glitters of the celebration they were about to become. There are 24 buds and 7 dead blooms.
On Thursday night I celebrated International Women’s Day by attending the YWCA Women of Distinction nomination ceremony with my daughter, Elizabeth and my Sophia Financial business partner, Kamal. The highlight of the evening was when the name of each nominee was individually announced and their face and title flashed up on a large screen. Midway through the presentation, my 23 year old daughter leaned over to me and said, “I am feeling very inadequate”.
A few weeks ago I was in a car accident. As I was headed home to pick up my breakfast smoothie, a car flew through the stop sign two blocks from my house and crashed into me. I am fine. As is the mom and the two children she was ferrying to school. But it was a real wake up call. In my world view, nothing is an accident. And I have been served notice.
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Like every woman in my circle, I have been affected deeply by the results of the US election. In addition, I have had the unenviable task of resolving the fact that my young adult son and his father both voted for the other candidate. And it was really hard. Especially so, since my son was gleeful. Boasting. He felt so vindicated.