Thank you, I love you, I am because you are.

Do you have special people in your life that, when they are around, when they text you, email you, phone you or you in-person meet up, light you up? And if you do, who are they and are they the people you would wish, expect, pick..?

I have a handful of precious people and each day I thank God for their love. I’m not sure who I’d be or how I’d fare without them. And I think what makes them even more special is the fact that even with their trials and troubles, of which they have many, they have space and time for me; little old me, to them, is important.

One of those people was my grandmother, who sadly passed away almost nine years ago now. As a child she was such a positive influence to me, such a vessel of supportive, un-judgy love. When she died she left a gap and I still miss her most days, but I do talk to her too, and I smile at her advice. She has a way with words. She doesn’t mix things up.

Another one of those people is my aunt, and I guess because she is further away in terms of location and because our relationship has been on and off over the years, I’m constantly stunned by the room she allows me in her heart. If I had to pick one breast, one pair of arms, to curl into when I’m upset or sick, when I’m needing a mother… it would be hers. I feel I could completely relax there. And also, no matter what, be myself.

I have three more relatives who I rate pretty highly, an unofficial mother-in-law, and a surrogate island-side mother. They are all wonderful, special, precious people; there if I need them but not necessarily able to be constant in my life.

And then there’s my dog, who I honestly could not live without. Not only is she loving, loyal and totally present; she’s forgiving, gentle, patient and kind too. And the most magical thing: if I’m sick or hurting or crazy inside, she knows just where to lie to make it go away, or at least feel better.

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Who are the important people in your life?

How do they show up?

What do they give you?

Do they know what they mean to you?

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This weekend, write them a letter, send them a email or better yet drop in or give them a call… let them know how important they are. Just as we appreciate it when people thank us for a job well done, or for a nice thought or effort, so do those around us too. And it’s such a little thing.

So, to all of my nearest and dearest, those mentioned and those held silent… thank you, I love you, I am because you are.

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Lend me your arms

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Lord,

My heart aches and feels hollow. Inside, there is such grief. Please lend me your arms to hide in in my hour of need. And after, you shoulders to hold my fears. And then your lap, like a basket, to cradle my tears.

Help me to let go of all that is trapped and broken, to fix it piece by piece. Help me to confront all that I am afraid of and in doing so find peace.

Open my eyes to beauty, my soul to sound. Awaken all my senses to the world that surrounds.

Guide me towards a better outlook and quality of life: one that is still and centred, and free from strife.

Show me how to release the past so that I might move on. Show me how to embrace the future so that I can belong.

Turn my attention inward, away from material things. Give me the strength to allow the feelings introspection brings.

Let me love myself as I love others. Let me myself forgive. Show me how to receive as well as how to live.

Love me like a father, guide me like a sage; stand by me as I walk into a future of knowledge and age.

Teach me to live freely. Permit me to yearn. And when the void beckons, help me to learn.

Give me roots to stand on and branches to stretch. Give me buds to nurture and seeds to collect.

Give me leaves to shed and flowers to release. Give me water to drink and air to breathe.

Give me birdsong to dance to and company to share. Give me shade in darkness and space in air.

Give me peace in body and comfort in mind. Give me strength in soul so that I might find the land that I dream of, the people I miss, the place that I belong to and the purpose of this.

Amen

by Rebecca L. Atherton

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