My sisters came to town for the weekend. As you can see we ham it up when we’re together. We laugh and cook and eat and talk and have a fabulous time sharing and caring for one another. We look forward to those rare occasions when we can be together.
A few years ago this never would have happened. We were not on good terms with one another and one of us was usually on the outs with another. My sister Mary and I have been close much of our lives but there were times when we didn’t speak for a very long time. Bonnie and I have had long expanses where we didn’t talk at all.
Those difficult times are gone. What were challenging and tumultuous relationships for more than 50 years are now bonded by love, appreciation and a sincere understanding of each other’s differences.
That happened because of Cindy.
If I go into detail my sister Bonnie will find it too hard to read this so I will be brief. Bonnie was like Cindy’s second Mom. She and Cindy were bonded as friends, sisters and healers. They gave each other everything to nourish and develop their souls and they were deeply nourished by one another.
For the last 6 months of Cindy’s life Bonnie’s true light was revealed to Mary and me, for the first time ever. Why it took more than 50 years to have the eyes to see that light I may never understand, but I thank God that I finally did.
One of my favorite childhood songs is ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.’
We each have a light within us that shines very bright. Sometimes others can not see it, and sometimes our light is blind even to our own eyes. Even if we can not see it, the light is there. We need to let it shine.
If we see only what we fear or dislike we miss the opportunity to share in love. If we only see what we are uncomfortable with and not see what is truly wanting to be revealed we miss an opportunity to grow our hearts. Bonnie and Mary and I now look to the light in the other knowing that our time together is precious.
We have vowed never to miss those opportunities again.
Though Cindy left this world three years ago her gift lives on in each of us.
Thank you Cindy Love.
And thank you Mary and Bonnie for letting our lights shine together.