My dad loves to say that he lives on an island in the Pacific. He's a bit of a reclusive kind of guy and lucky for him he found a gal to marry, after my mom died, who is quite a bit like him. It's been 20 years since my mom died, 15 years since he remarried and almost 8 years since I've seen him. So, I'm heading to his island in the Pacific on Thursday and will also spend five days with a dear friend on the shores somewhere, doing something or nothing - it doesn't matter. This trip is all about being - being with my dad for a bit, being with a dear friend, being on an island coming into bloom for spring, being myself, being alive and simply - being.
My mom passed away when she was only 62. This is my 52nd year. In the spirit of my beautiful, creative, kind and adventurous mother, my plan is for the next 10 years of my life to be full of generosity, love, compassion, kindness, adventure, sharing wisdom, learning, creating, laughter, grieving as it's needed, joy as it arises and much, much, much more "being" .......
.....being conscious of the food I eat and where it comes from, being aware of my impact on the planet and my impact on others, being full of questions and admitting how little I know, being willing to stand up for others and also to change my mind about what I believe, being intentional about who, what, where and how I spend my time, being able to accept that I will die and living fully until that time comes.....
May we all find ways of carving out spaces in time to simply be.... in nature, in quiet, in peace..... with ourselves, with those we love, with strangers, with one another.
~ Bonnie Bee
Soul in the World