Comforting Words: Welcome Maia!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Welcome Maia!

It has been a while since my last post and for good reason.

On the one hand I could say that April is really not my month after all. So much has happened in our lives during this last month that you would have forgiven me if I thought of giving up on everything.

The paradox - and yes there seems to always be one - is that April's roller coaster gifted me with a great deal of clarity.

There where days which were too long for me, especially the one on which my daughter moved out. Then there was the day I received from her one of the most powerful letters I have ever read and then she moved back in a week later.

April was also the month that the full reality of being an immigrant woman of colour in Canada came home to me. On the other hand, that reality has, unapologetically so, become fodder for my research work. It is a gift that I hope to one day share and use to support other women of colour in this country. Who knows, maybe this will make a difference in the lives of at least one woman of colour somewhere in Canada.

Watching the paradoxes unfold, the darkness of my April slowly lifted and I held on, refusing to give up but needing time to re-energize. Like all of you who have faced challenges that cause you to question almost everything you believe in, I knew that I had only two choices and one was not really an option: (1) to give in to the despair or (2) to trust God.

And so Maia is here - the goddess of Spring. I still do not have the answers to the many questions that knocked me down but guess what?

I will trust the Divine anyway that Her plan is far greater than any I could imagine.

This morning I went to my books in search of inspiration and found this in an old issue of Science of Mind (January 2002). It is a reprint from Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World by Kent M Keith:

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centred.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Welcome Maia!




Blogger solo said...

The difficulty to contribute something so often is a difficulty every blogger knows well.

Thank you for your posts.

Tue. May 02, 05:05:00 p.m. MDT  

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