Sunday, November 18, 2007

core value

I woke this morning with a wad of grief in my chest that finally worked its way from my heart to my tears. It was unexpected, and on reflection I think it was released by a massage I had on Friday. There are a number of things that seem to be connected to this grief, but mostly it is the loss of connectedness. It's harder and harder to have face to face, voice to voice interaction with people, and I am feeling the absence of that at a cellular level.

In several weeks I will have the joy of being with some friends in Florida, time spent with whom is among the best balm my soul ever gets. I need that time desperately. But those occasions are too infrequent to sustain me through the ordinary, everyday need to pour out frustrations or ponder questions that emerge as I bump up against life's challenges and encouragements. Most of my closest friends are at a distance, and those who are nearer have commitments and schedules that make it difficult to find time to spend together. It seems harder and harder to be there for one another when the chips are down, or even to know when there is a need. A year ago a very dear friend was in real trouble, and though I had the time and could get to her easily, I didn't even know that she needed me.

I miss my friends. I miss being there to listen to what weighs on their hearts and colors their days. I miss the sound of their laughter and the animation of their gestures. I miss their hugs. I need to find a way to alter how I engage life so that what matters most, the relationships I value and desire, can be more central to each and every one of my days.

Here is to you all. Blessings and thanksgivings to you for being light and balm to me.


Kip said...

Well you'll soon be engulfed with many hugs and peals of laugher, so hold on them missy! Love you!


Janet M said...

Adding some good thoughts for you Anne, I miss you also. It's only a couple of weeks and we can get some of that good friend time together.
I'm really, really looking forward to seeing you, one year between visits is far to long.
Hugs are waiting,

Jules said...

Darling Ann, I too am missing you madly and can't wait. We need to set up traveling visits on a quarterly if not more often time schedule. Big smoochies to you and the time will pass so fast til we are all walking arm in arm down the beach as we imagined so long, how to walk arm in arm and still have our wine glasses to toast!

Pam in Moncton said...

Oh Anne! I know what you mean. So many of my friends are far off too and I don't get to see them as often as I would like. Of course that group includes you and I was thinking of you especially recently as it was a year ago we were in Nashville for your wedding. Have fun with the gals if Florida!

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