May 21, 2022- As I spoke to along-absent friend about taking some of the garden tools, I no longer need, off my hands, she said that her family wanted me to stop by, anytime. Coming from people who needed to have visitors make appointments, days in advance, this is huge. Being trusted is not something I have universally deserved, especially in the difficult years after Penny’s death; but in this case, there was no breach of trust. The family just needed time to observe me from a distance, and have decided to reopen the door of welcome.
Another person, who I love dearly, has asked me to stop by her shop more regularly. This is a soul who can do a lot to heal her community, so I will honour her wishes. Time spent with musicians and other healers, this evening, underscored that I am again welcome in that community.
I get the sense that none of this is possible, without selfless acts and dedication to serving others. The better part of this afternoon was spent bagging piles of pine needles and driving a truck around to pick up said bags. The crew of fifteen was diligent in the effort, and the area around buildings at Bellemont Baha’i School is much more fire wise than it was a few days ago. This is a process that is done every year at this time. The place will accommodate several groups of adolescents during the month of July, and my own involvement in that process will begin, almost as soon as the early summer journey comes to an end. That’s okay-it means my presence is valued.
It just goes to show that many seemingly closed doors are merely ajar.
It’s important to remember, as “serve” others, to accept their “service” as well! Friendship and service go both ways; often if they do not it forebodes collapse of the relationship. Keep in mind, too, that Covid protectiveness has had an odd influence on many people who are now struggling to regain some sense of normalcy, whatever that may be.
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It is very much a two-way street. As for the people mentioned, their wariness predated COVID, though certainly the pandemic amplified matters.
Often time opens ways that were thought closed – this can be true for friendship and community and even opportunities. Patience is definitely a virtue!
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