- Life is fragile. This was demonstrated acutely in my dad’s cancer diagnosis.
- There are always new beginnings, even when you don’t think that it will ever happen.
- Inner soul reflection helps to heal old wounds that were paralyzing for the past 25+ years.
- You never know how many people your life touches and influences. My family has been flooded with love, care and concern, from directions I never would have imagined or guessed.
- Friends, true friends, stand by your side right through to the end. They take the bullet with you, and sometimes for you. But they never ever leave your side. I have been blessed with a couple of those in my life.
- Love comes when you least expect it. You can be in sweats, and love sees you in your ball gown.
I have learned to let go of survival conditioning behaviors that have impeded my ability to love fully. I have learned what a true friend is. This was a very painful lesson, but one necessary to understand and recognize that truth comes in several forms. I will never forget this lesson. And finally, and most importantly, love. True love. Love that sees you in your ugly but views you in your perfection. Having found that, maybe for the first time, I want to hang on to it. I think I will hang on for at least forever.
An old boss of mine told me that these types of experiences are opportunities to build character. I remember at the time telling him, “But Kent, I already have a good character!” He was right. He was right indeed. My character, my moral fiber, my spirit, have all been built, shaped, and influenced significantly over the past few months. My life, my heart, my spirit will never be the same. And you know what? I am glad.