“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
– Albert Schweitzer
At this time nine years ago, there was a lot happening in my life.
After almost eight years of marriage, I’d finally made the decision to divorce the man I’d thought was The One for life; my pain and grief ran deep. I was reacclimating to living alone again even though for most of my adult life I’d done so. I was putting a lot of time and energy into growing my business so I could keep paying the bills. On the other hand, I was in the midst of organizing the Sedona, AZ chapter of the Threshold Choir, singing for those at the thresholds of life. I dove deeper into being of service. I returned to attending kirtan as well as Dances of Universal Peace. Yep, there was a lot going on.
And, I met someone who has become a dear, dear friend. Today, February 9, 2022, Esther and I acknowledge and celebrate our nine-year friend-a-versary. Also known as Dahlink, a throwback to us both being native New Yorkers, she has added tremendous richness to my life and my soul’s journey.
With Esther, into my life came adventure and new experiences; meaningful conversation; arts and crafts; travel; singing; and, introductions to new spiritual teachers and education. I started playing again, enjoying so much more that life has to offer than I had been in recent years. We bonded over shared spiritual philosophies and experiences, and supported one another in personal growth. Laughter became a mainstay in my life, helping me to heal, as did lots of hugging. I have been blessed with love and joy, both in receiving and giving, for which I am grateful.
Through the years, we’ve shared deeply from the heart and been there for one another in times of joy and in sorrow and loss. We are ‘sisters’.
“Friends are the family you choose.”
– Jess C. Scott
As of about six months ago, we no longer live within close traveling distance to get together in person regularly, but we continue to connect daily thanks to the various offerings of technology.
Next year, we plan to celebrate in person and mark our ten-year friend-a-versary, doing something special to acknowledge the precious and loving bond we share.
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s my Dahlink!