For the first time in over 85 days I have unpacked my car. I have stopped and settled. I have a key to a front door that is mine. It is bittersweet, this settling. It is time. There is joy in the stopping and the silence, the resting and the reflection. There is sadness in the end of a life changing journey. A journey that has forever changed my perspective on life, love, friendship and family.
On this journey I beheld beauty that I could not have imagined. Breathtaking views on the side of cliffs and at the top of skyscrapers, works of art and nature’s power. I have met people, who through the meeting, have changed me. Old friendships renewed, new friendships found, people who blew in like the wind bending my branches and then moving on. I can see their faces. I can feel the smiles. And I know that I am not alone.
As I drove to this place, this winter retreat that I will call home for the next six months, I was overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for the people that have supported my journey. It is only because of the kindness of others that I am here today, with this key in my hand. It is only because of generosity, love and friendship that I have had a roof over my head and food in my belly. It is because of the love that you have shown I feel loved and valued in this world. And my heart overflows. Thank you.
Thank you for catching me. Thank you for standing by me. Thank you for holding space and drying tears. Thank you for clean water for showers and drinking. Thank you for pillows and meals. Thank you for hugs. Especially thank you for hugs. Thank you for words of love and encouragement. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for seeing me.
As I step into this season of relaxation, renewal and healing, I pause. I remember. And I am grateful. My life will never be the same because you touched it.