Recently, given all that is going on, I have reflected on the people precisely aligned or assigned to my life. I encourage you to join me in a moment of reflection. Think about the joys of this season; who comes to mind? Think about the challenges of this season; who comes to mind? Think about the uncertain times; who comes to mind? For some of us, the same people may come to mind for each category, while for others, there may be some variety. Either way, this moment of sacred pause allows for exploring who is in our corner or within reach when we need someone to show up for us. Hopefully, we can also consider who we show up for when it matters. For some showing up looks like “thinking of you” calls or text messages; floral or plant deliveries; meal drop-offs or Cashapp for a meal on me; gift cards to places or experiences, like a facial or massage or a specialty store/curator; planning to meet for a meal or coffee/dessert; sending a “praying for you” text; sending a card or letter via mail. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive.
In professional relationships, colleagues have spoken my name in rooms that afforded opportunities for my growth and development as a minister or mental health clinician. Other colleagues have held space for my clients during a leave of absence to center my wellness, while others have agreed to be my business fiduciary when this life ends. While acknowledging colleagues, there have also been clients who have demonstrated kindness in small yet meaningful gestures: messages of good wishes, cards of appreciation, and prayers on my behalf. I am overwhelmed, and my heart overflows with gratitude as I observe how specific individuals have.
If you happen to have been one of these people, I thank you wholeheartedly!