Your life is a sacred journey

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                                                    “YOUR LIFE IS A SACRED JOURNEY

And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way.

                                                     YOU ARE ON THE PATH

Exactly where you are meant to be right now. And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity, and love.”    Carolyn Joy Adams

This poem speaks to my heart about our sacred journey and that we are exactly where we are meant to be right now and we can only go forward into a magnificent life of healing, courage, beauty, wisdom, power dignity, and love.

Have you ever noticed that things often come in threes? It might be deaths, accidents, problems, and even good things. This is what I experienced this week.

Three of my friends moved off the island within a few weeks apart from one another.  I felt sad and miss their presence in my life. I’m trusting Spirit that we are all exactly where we are meant to be and that our journeys are about change, discovery, growth, and transformation. Life truly is about endings and beginnings.  What appears to be a loss is really the beginning of a happy new phase.

For the past 5 years, I have had the privilege of belonging to a women’s group called the Cardinals. We celebrated each other’s birthdays and spent holidays together. We went to breakfast, lunch, happy hours, and just played and had fun together. We loved and supported one another through prayer and just being present when one of us was struggling.

We still support and love one another, but my cardinal friends have all flown the nest to share aloha with the world.  I am the only cardinal left on the island. I miss my friends and special times together. I’m grateful that I’m still here to hold the energy of love and enjoy my sacred life. I don’t know how long I will be here, so I strive to live every moment to the fullest.

I know 3 people who died within the past 2 weeks. One woman was sick for a long time and the other man died suddenly at the age of 82. They both were bright lights in the community.

The third person who died was my dear friend, Ellen. Ellen was 93 and lived an incredibly full and joyful life. I met Ellen 12 years ago in Rhode Island while I was speaking at a church and she was visiting her family from Maui. My friend, Ruth introduced me to her after the service. When Ellen told me she lived on Maui, I said, “It’s always been my dream to VISIT Maui. She smiled and said, “You can stay with me and use my car.” I couldn’t pass up the offer.

I left my family at thanksgiving (which I had never done before) to stay 2 weeks with this woman I hardly knew named, Ellen. We had an amazing time together and became close friends.  She invited me back the next year for a month to stay in her condo overlooking the ocean while she traveled. The rest is HISTORY! I moved to Maui several months later.

I’m so grateful to Ellen for opening her heart and home to me. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her generosity and love. Ellen was one of a kind. She taught yoga at the senior center, was a volunteer at Hospice, and attended concerts and workshops all over the island.

Ellen lived life to the fullest and spread love and joy wherever she went. Because of her love and generosity, I have learned to give back when the opportunity presents itself.  She is home, free, and flying with the angels. Thank you, Ellen, for being my role model and sharing your love and life with me.  

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