This week was packed with events and weather that were gray, shocked and initially triggered a myriad of negative emotions, particularly fear. The weather here in BC has been particularly gray and rainy. Our CoVid numbers are rising. The storming of the US capital was disconcerting to say the least. Layer this with personal challenges, which we all face in our daily lives and life can seem overwhelming.
I’ve been looking back on our simple life and think to myself so what were the lessons this week? This led me to turn to one of the globe’s great sage’s Elie Wiesel, who overcame great adversity in his lifetime. In particular, he dealt with extreme isolation while living in fear. He was a holocaust survivor and in 1960 wrote Night, along with 60 other books. He won the Nobel Peace Prize. Although he died in 2016 at 87, he lives through his writing and documented quotes. He would now be referred to as a lightworker. I turn to his wisdom as I try to gain clarity in my life. I will offer a quote from Wiesel and apply it to this week.
“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
― Elie Wiesel
“I know and I speak from experience, that even in the midst of darkness, it is possible to create light and share warmth with one another; that even on the edge of the abyss, it is possible to dream exalted dreams of compassion; that it is possible to be free and strengthen the ideals of freedom, even within prison walls; that even in exile, friendship becomes an anchor.”
― Elie Wiesel
It’s interesting although we are physical distancing, this has not stopped my contact with friends virtually or outside on walks. I’m so grateful for these interactions with others. Virtual conversations with Leslie, Jenn, Laura and Sallie plus others have grounded me with laughter, their wisdom and inspiration, and the comfort of embracing non judgemental sharing. Funny we don’t have to physically be in each other’s company to feel the loving bonds. Sharing walking time with Donna, has provided support in maintaining our commitment to physical exercise, even when the weather outside is not perfect. The walks and talks give us great time to chat about current events, share Covid strategies and fears and provide each other laughs. The conversations we have had with newer friends, (Deb, Larry, Karen, Michael and Stacy) we run into on our walks have been delightful as we get to know them more. The touching base with my dear neighbour and musical fairy friend, Maureen, always brings me a smile and giggle. Of course, there is Mark, my 40-year friend and husband with whom I’ve been married for 37 years. We continue to share on a non-threatening, anchored (yes, attached) with fluid movement of forgiveness, freedom and understanding. We don’t own each other but honour each other (even with our different perspectives at times).