Have you ever lost a loved one suddenly and felt as if you’d been sucker punched? I got the news yesterday that a dear ‘uncle’ had passed suddenly and before I could even croak out words of sympathy to his son, tears sprung to my eyes and I began crying…a lot. Because ‘Uncle’ Mike and his beautiful family were like family to us. We spent Thanksgivings and Christmas Days with them throughout my childhood. Although we were not blood nor legally family, we all felt like family. Have you ever had another family with whom you are connected like this?
‘Aunt’ Nancy and ‘Uncle’ Mike were my parents’ best friends and hold a special place in my heart, for after my parents passed and when I was going through the divorce, they checked in and made sure that I knew I still had ‘parents’ who cared. It goes without saying, although you know I will, that I am ever so grateful for their love, their kindness and their caring. They hold a special place in my heart. Because when you feel alone, to have someone reach out, well…it’s more than comforting. Sometimes, it feels like a blessed lifeline.
There’s also a sharp reminder that we are all here for a limited time. I think our mistake is in thinking we have all the time in the world to do it all. Like Scarlett O’Hara’s famous line from Gone With The Wind, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Yet, I am reminded that most of us never know our expiration date…so we need to enjoy The Presents of Presence…the here and now…and not wait until tomorrow to enjoy ourselves today.
I have been richly blessed by all of the connections I have made over the years. To me, each of you is a precious gem in my life and together we’ve weaved our stories like a tapestry. What a miracle! What a blessing! What a beautiful collection of souls!
Last night on the radio, randomly the song Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys came on. Now that’s an oldie, but a goodie. Do you know it? Anyway, I haven’t heard it in years and yet, it reminds me 100% of my Dad who went through a country music phase during my childhood. When I heard that song, I knew that my Dad was letting me know that he knew about ‘Uncle’ Mike as at the same time the song came on, I was in the car talking with my son about him and reminiscing.
Do you get signs from the ‘other side’ too? You know that I do! If you are wanting them, then become more aware as they are trying to reach you…you just need to be a little more present…and notice…
Well my friends, this post isn’t one of my usuals. In fact, I’ve been all over the place while writing it. But I just wanted to send up a smoke signal to you to let you know I’m still here…keep shining your heartlights! I love to see them all!
**Original photo by me, this morning as the sun rose in the sky…no filters.
I’m so sorry for your loss Yvonne, and I have had the exact one so can relate on a very real level. As usual, you draw the light into and around all you touch and I for one, am so happy you are here. xoxo
Rhonda, I’m so sorry for your loss…sending healing hugs to you as always…and so grateful for your presence in my life 🥰
I am so sorry for your loss.
Thank you Cindy…
I’m so sorry Yvonne, it is such a shock to lose someone so close. That connection is always somewhere close within us and to have it suddenly confront us with that loss is a hard realization. But they will still be a part of you, those memories something beautiful in what you have shared with him over such a long time. Our ‘family’ does indeed cover many people, legally or not. A very big hug kind lady, and sending much love from another connection down here ❤️🙏
And yes to those other ‘connections’, I have learned to listen to Spirit on a constant level and I most certainly understand those moments where we ‘know’ we have connected and had something beautiful shared on our journey. May your heart ever be open to that love my friend, and touched in its opening ❤️🙏
Thank you so much for your kindness Mark. Always, your heart light shines into our lives and you are much appreciated for being you!
Sending hugs back to you and hoping all is well down under! 🙏💝🥰🤗
Thank you kind lady, going well and giving lots of energy for you through this time too. Big hugs ❤️🙏
Big hugs to you! 💓🙏
Prayers for you and your family…
Thank you so very much!