I am delighted to add you to my links as well. I have seen you as I visit blogpals and always thought your comments were support and kind. So glad to have another east coaster blogpal!
Hi Dr Deb - Thank you for your kind words. They are extra special coming from you since your life's work is being supportive to and working with patients to facilitate emotional - physical healing.I think being an encourager is an integral part of who I am. I only say what I believe and never ever tear anyone down. I don't agree with everything and am not a door mat but I believe there is always a way to reason together for a better outcome. I have a dear friend who has been a mentor to me from whom I have learned so much. She has spent most of her life counseling others - through hospice, the ministry and a counseling center, etc. and so I have been blessed with her influence and insights. (I wrote about her back in April)Eleven years ago she became ill and was initially diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and has been in Hospice since last July (they told her she had 3 weeks to live)with end stage renal disease along with other co-morbidities. At this time she is totally unable to care for her self physically and yet, she continues to counsel people from her bed. I have stayed over night with her and her room is like grand central station because staff and visitors come in to see her. I think staff views her room as a respite of sorts. She surrounded her self with art, books, plants, etc. from her apartment and even this hospice room seems like home. I know she is one of the key people God had planned for my life. She says the same about me, but for the life of me - I can't imagine why! O.k - I am rambling. I feel I have benefited greatly in my personal life because of her insights in which she combined the spiritual- holistic along with the physical. She is one of the most interesting and loving people that I have had the privilege of knowing.Psychology is a fascinating field.Thank you for the blogroll and welcome from one east coast girl to another. :)
How lucky that god brought you both together. I believe she values her relationship with you just as much as you do her. Just so sad she to read that she is so ill.
I think she became a friend through "Divine coincidence" in that she and her husband (he was a Presbyterian pastor although eventually left the pastorate and went on to become a psychotherapist)thought they were locating in a town near Princeton University. She wanted to go to seminary there. They ended up coming to visit one of our local churches that had an opening - thinking it was this town because the names were similar or the same. (I don't remember now) They really liked our area and so decided to accept the pastorate up here. She would've gone to Princeton in the fall - was all set to go but then seriously injured herself. She re-cooperated but never did go there. So interesting how life has it's twists and turns. That was 1979 and we have been friends ever since - although sometimes I am the prodigal friend. She's 9 years older and has been like the big sister I never had.Amazingly to me - she does value our friendship - loves me unconditionally and we can make each other laugh until we cry. As I said I have been privileged to have her for a friend. :)
I just want to clarify this for anyone who may be reading this. I am probably using the prodigal friend or prodigal parishioner (as I have also called myself) in the wrong context.The prodigal son left his family and good life for what he perceived to be a better life. I identify with the prodigal in that I will be absent for awhile if I get too busy or something else is distracting me and then always return at some point.I love people unconditionally and appreciate when the same courtesy/acceptance is extended to me.I think when people really connect on a deep level they can be apart for years and then pick up as naturally as breathing when they are truly kindred spirits. :)
yep it's a big 30 C over here... Already... I don't want to even think what July is going to be like.
Hi Ms-ellisa - I am a really easy going person but if anything is going to make me testy - humidity WILL do it or if not testy then definitely whiney.I have a funny story to post about myself regarding being too hot while working in ER registration that I will post sometime this summer. :)Stay cool! :)
No coincidences. I'm like you Seaspray in the humidity dept. I don't know what it is about it...but it will drive me to cooler atmospheres. Imagine it for eternity...(Couldn't resist)
HI Angel - THAT WOULD BE hell! :)For as much as I LOVE the ocean,I have to say that is when I like my hair the least unless it's totally wet.I usually wear my hair longer and straight (with a contemporary cut)and am happiest when it is smooth and falls nicely around face and shoulders. That's my perfect world, anyway.It takes on it's own personality in humidity. I don't have naturally curly hair but I do have mildly wavy hair. I usually blow dry or set it so it is straight. Once in a great while I will set with smaller curlers for loose curls but rarely. And sometimes when I wear hair up I will actually get little ringlets around nape of neck if I am really hot. Anyway - when I was a teenager I always envied the girls with the silky, baby fine hair that never frizzed in the summer. Of course they always said they couldn't keep it styled so I guess we all want something we can't have sometimes.When I was 16 I went through a phase where I had friends or my aunt iron my hair. Ha! My aunt used to get mad at me and said I would ruin my hair but I stopped before I did.Then it is hard to feel fresh and keep make-up nice in humidity.So am I saying that hell will be bad hair and make-up for eternity?YIKES! Perish the thought! :)P.S. I would never make it as a southern belle. I don't know how they do it.So much for girl talk! :)
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