There is no question that I knew this already but when you find yourself actually doing it, well, you are truly made aware of what a gift it is to offer love and support to others when they are most in need.
I don't think it is any coincidence that my mother passed in October, that Kara lost her mom in November, and today Lisa has lost her mom. We, each of us, have been going through our own grief experiences but I learned something that led me to realize what I'm really here for in this blogverse. Both of these women have turned to me for support and help. They, in turn, were constantly there for me. Offering an ear for them and a word has put my own grief in better perspective. I've been berating myself for not crying for my mother. Tearing up sometimes, yes, but no great, gulping cries. But it actually makes more sense to me now. I cried my tears for mom a long time ago at the beginning of her illness. There really is no reason to cry now. She has achieved her goal of passing on to the next life and I'm positive it is a good one for her.
So, because of Kara and Lisa, it finally reached me today that I was here for the simple purpose of sending out ripples. We all send out ripples and for the most part we have absolutely no idea how our thoughts, words, or actions may effect someone in some future. It's almost a mystical experience to acknowledge that a word or action now could have consequences years from now. This awareness became so strong within me that I was impelled to change my profile. No more list that describes who I am. I now know why I am.
Life is fragile. The potential of future life even more fragile. We must always be very careful of how we act and what we say as we push our ripples into the future.