“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”  Joseph Campbell

We all have our defining moments in life. They shape who we are and give reason for what we become. Below this is one of mine. I share in the hopes it will give you a glimpse of who I am and why I do what I do.

March 3rd was my Dad’s birthday. He would have been 75.  Unbelievably, he has been gone 33 years.  So many gifts came from his death and dying.  Yes, I can say that, now. And I am grateful. And I still miss him. And I wish I would have had another choice.

Yet, life had other plans for me and my Dad.  I resisted.

But as my life unfolded, and though I couldn’t see it, life was trying to bring me something deeper and more essential than I could imagine.

It’s taken me awhile… a long while. But I am learning to ask, “What is the life seeking me?”

Many indigenous wisdom traditions instruct: Listen to where life is coaxing you.

A very different view – it’s not about striving, not about becoming better, stronger or smarter. It’s about listening.

One teacher I knew used to teach, ‘make yourself “attractive” for the life that wants you.  Be like a flower calling forth the bee.’

I remember once as my Dad was dying, he just looked up and said, “we are all just perfect, just perfect.’ Though I could’t grasp the depth of how he felt it, I knew that he was experiencing that moment, himself, those around him, and me… in a state of perfection.

Though I have yet to experience a moment of perfection quite the way my Dad did that day, I have come to know that we all have meaningful, beautiful lives seeking us.

And though I think most of us miss it, we are all perfect: lumps, bumps and all.

And maybe, just maybe, those lumps and bumps are EXACTLY what makes us beautiful to the life that seeks us.

I think this is what  life and my work is all about…living into the perfection that is within us and allowing the life that seeks us to come forth.



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