...and in truth, what is a lifetime but a garland of moments?
Some of the most, memorable are brief in length but become the nourishment that sustains us, tapping on our hearts again and again. These tiny precious snapshots visit like ghosts, whispering "Feel me completely in all your flesh and deep inside your bones."
Close up of a portable altar, a birthday gift created for me
by artist, author, SoulCollage Facilitator/Trainer and my dear friend, Anne Marie Bennett
As I write to you I am grateful for the subtle, beautiful changes that have happened to me on my life's journey so far. This includes the people and animals I love and who have loved me in return, the difficult passages and glimpses of grace that both simple joys and challenges have revealed to me.
It is a Jewish practice to say the shehekianu prayer at holidays and times of great celebration. The turning of a year, not just a holiday New Year, but a personal transition is surely significant. I am 45 today. Happy Birthday to my sweet Mother Sally who birthed me and raised me. I love you so much Mom. And Happy Birthday to Me, for continuously re-birthing myself.
v’kimanu, v’higianu lazman hazeh.
Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all the Worlds,
who has sustained us (me), protected us (me), and brought us (ME) to this very moment.
Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends and family!