Thanks so much to everyone for the beautiful birthday “wishes”. I am truly blessed with the most amazing circle of friends. As each “birthday” year approaches I come to realize that life is precious and time is so delicate and fragile. It moves so quickly […]
What is family??? In a time where many are looking to find out what their heritage is and where they “come from”, it is an interesting question to ask, “What is Family”?
I believe that family is by choice. Throughout our life we make “additions” to our family and open our hearts to many that are not part of our family tree but we choose to add them to our family. As we journey through our life and create our own individual story, many people come in and out of that story in so many ways. We are drawn to people that share our own interests, share our passion for life, bring energy and joy into our life and that give us deeper meaning and direction. We should strive to always surround ourselves with people who make us want to be “better” and help us dig deeper to strive to be “more” than we are by ourselves. In a world of so many options to meet people how wonderful it is to have this ability to add to our family.
I am blessed to have so many great people in my life that have helped shape and direct me in positive ways. People bring energy with them, some good, some not so good, but the great thing is you have a “choice” to invite them into your family and fill your story with so many great experiences and shared memories. I just had the experience of saying goodbye to someone that I invited to be part of my family and it was very powerful. I was with him as he lived his final days and to see the joy and expression while we sat together was very deep and meaningful. It made me realize that we all have such great power to love and give of ourselves to really make a difference. While it was hard to say “goodbye” I realized that we would always remain close through our shared memories and deep ties that we made a choice to make.
Family is made up of many shapes, sizes and colors. It is open to all ages and the only requirement is that a choice is made to open your heart and invite them in. I give thanks everyday for my beautiful family and never take for granted all that they mean to me.
I am reminded of this as a friend that I have only known for a couple of years is planning to move back home and leave the Richmond area. We had a small gathering for her recently giving all of us an opportunity to wish her well and say “goodbye”. It was interesting to see how many emotions I became aware of as we were sitting around laughing, talking and sharing with everyone. Life is full of times when we have to say “goodbye”. As we move through our own life journey, we are constantly saying “goodbye” to many people, personal items that we love, perhaps homes that we have lived in, family and friends, jobs, even thoughts, ideas and dreams that we have held onto.
As we move through life and we are faced with saying “goodbye” often, I don’t think that perhaps we realize at the time just how emotional this can be. Whispers of Time has allowed me the opportunity to work with many people as they move through their own journey of letting go and saying “goodbye” to items they have loved and lived with for many years. These items hold so many emotions for many of us. They are part of our “life” journey and can bring so many emotions to the surface. Items make us laugh as we remember “events” and “stories” that they’ve been a part of. They make us cry as we remember perhaps loved ones that have passed. They remind us of our children growing up when the house was full of crazy times as we help mold them into adults through each stage of their journey. Saying “goodbye” to all things can be quite difficult and always emotion on many levels.
We at Whispers of Time are here to help you you through all of this. Perhaps you have your own story of “goodbye” that you’d like to share with us. Please feel free to do so. We want this to be an opportunity to build relationships and open a dialogue with each of you on so many levels. We are excited about what the future holds and we thank you “always” for allowing us to be part of your own unique “journey”.
Your story, Your life, Your Journey . . .
Thank you so much for checking out my first Blog post. . . We at Whispers of Time are very excited to be part of sharing ideas, encouragement and love of all things as we each move through life, making our own unique story and creating our own journey filled with memories, traditions and values. Each of us have a purpose in life and it is really up to us to realize that purpose and live it out each and every day. I believe that too many of us live for those “coliseum” moments that we hope will take our breath away and fill us with joy and purpose but in reality it is the everyday moments that we should be living in striving to see beauty in all that is around us. We each need to open our eyes and our hearts to see everything that is part of our own journey every single day. My goal when I opened Whispers of Time many years ago was to share with people the excitement of honoring the past and creating a future. I believe that we are each unique in so many ways and as we move through our life on our own “journey” we have a choice of how to fill our hearts, our homes and our minds with ideas, colors, thoughts and goals to create our own unique style that reflects who we are. There are no decorating rules for that, there are no right or wrong choices for that, it is simply a personal feeling that is a reflection of who each of us are. We choose to create our style as a reflection of our journey, our personal journey that gives purpose to each of us every day as we wake up and move through each moment every single day. It is not about those “coliseum” events but about each moment of every day. Your life, Your journey, Your story. Thank you for allowing Whispers of Time to be part of your own personal journey as we create ours.