Day 30 of the Reverb 10 Challenge:
Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
This year I vowed to live more aware and therefore every moment and every thing was like a gift. That I could open my eyes every morning and start a new day, and try what I could not do the the previous day. That I could do again what I had enjoyed. That I could enjoy my family’s and friend’s presence. That people are kind to me. The friendships in my life. The simple act of having water at the turn of a faucet and a cozy shelter when it is cold and wet outside. We have our worries but it is not about not having food on the table or not being able to pay the bills. That is a big, big gift. Everything, all of these and more, tied with a big red bow. I am thankful.
Emotionally, I was able to sit with my friend K as and when and after her mother died. I was able to understand her better, and support her better. That was the gift from having my son died. So I could open my heart wider and listen to her better and hold her space better. I was honored that she shared many intimate thoughts and moments with me, that she allowed me to hold her grief. I am glad she felt safe to shed tears with me. I am really honored that she gave me a compilation of her mother’s favorite recipes. K gave me the gift of trust and friendship when she allowed me to honor her other with her. And I know too, that I was able to hold her space well because my son died and I know how it is like to be alone and grieving.