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Archive for September, 2013

I think I hear the Beatles…….!!

Hello!

Yup–gotta love the Beatles—-recently I heard their famous song—“All you need is love” —I was on a particularly long commute that day–with lots of time to think—and so I did…………………..A LOT.

I read a powerful story not too long ago—that came to mind while sitting in traffic.

There was a young Jewish woman who had fled Nazi Germany in 1942. She was now traveling on a train , alone, looking out the window at the beautiful  vineyards and villages of the Italian countryside. She was hoping to remain unnoticed. She’d been traveling around for three years from safe place to another safe place –from kind friend to kind friend.

Suddenly the door at the other end of the train swung open and two police officers came in. The young woman’s heart was beating wildly. They were wearing the black uniforms of the Fascisti—the government police. To her horror–they began to make their way down the aisle — stopping at each row to examine papers of each passenger.

She knew that once they discovered she had no papers she would be arrested. She was terrified she would end up in a concentration camp.

The officers were getting closer-she began to tremble and tears slid down her cheeks.

The man sitting next to her asked her why she was crying.

I’m Jewish and I have no papers, she whispered.

To her surprise, a few seconds later the man began shouting at her, “You idiot! I can’t believe how stupid you are! What an imbecile!”

The police officers hearing the commotion stopped what they were doing and came over. “What’s going on here?” The young woman began to cry even harder.

The man turned a disgusted face to the policeman and said  “Officers-take this woman away! I have my papers, but my wife has forgotten hers. She always forgets everything. I’m so sick of her. I don’t ever want to see her again!”

The officers laughed, shaking their heads at the couple’s marital spat, and moved on.

With this selfless act of caring—“and act of pure human love”–this woman’s life was saved. The young woman never saw this man again. She never even knew his name.

What moved this man–to do such a thing?

He didn’t help her because she had made him a great breakfast that morning–or because she did anything for him. He did not do it because he would get recognized for it.

He did it simply because in that moment of heroism he was moved by an impulse of compassion and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

POWERFUL story. POWERFUL concept.

I have two beautiful adult daughters– one who is on the doorstep of marriage ( next month!) to an incredibly wonderful man. Both of them fill my heart with joy. I am proud beyond my mere words. To this day we laugh about how when they were growing up–and in a quandary–I would always say to them–just ask yourself this question–“If love were here–what would love do now.”

Of course I would hear a big groan–Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……

Yet today –we smile and know that love is at the core of all they do.

So—-take a minute and listen to the Beatles—COME ON—JUST DO IT—because —

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE–da da da da ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE—da da da da ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE–LOVE–LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED……………LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED……………………………………

 

With a LOT OF LOVE TO AND FOR YOU ALL—-

Gail 🙂

 

The sweet beauty of the moment…….

Greetings from Cape Cod……..

Indeed these last 2 plus weeks have been filled with a roller coaster of pretty much the A-Z of experiences and emotions! Here’s the thing — I have been present for each sweet divinely architected pre-sent moment. Yup– and I feel pretty friggin grateful for it all.

It is the ALL of it all. The present– the moment. I AM living it.

My 83 year old Dad, former Fire Chief, self made man who could fix anything and make it all happen, husband of almost 60 years has Alzheimer’s Disease. My 82 year old, very youthful Mom is now his full time caretaker. I am blessed to be able to come periodically and provide respite for my Mom and care for my Dad.

Tonite I sat outside my childhood vacation home listening to the songs of the summertime crickets while the hot humid nighttime air surrounded me and I took a deep breath and was overwhelmed with appreciation for the moment and the thousands of moments over these past 2 weeks.

My Dad thankfully has a cheerful and almost childlike way about him and every time he asks me how long I will be here for- I say — 2 weeks Dad and he gleefully replies — oh boy we’ll have some fun!!

Soooooooo- the weather here on the Cape has not exactly been great for the past week – nonetheless I have kept the beach chairs in the back of the car– filling that glass with the sunshine of optimism! Ta da- today it happened. We seized the moment and the 3 of us went to the beach. The sun shined its warmth on my family. I took my Dad by the hand and lead him to the water -as I splashed him- he wiped the drips off the shorts that he tried to put on over his head this morning– and we laughed, surrounded by children doing the same.

I was fully present and he was fully present. That is a gift.

These are the moments that I cherish and knowing that we never get that rewind in life– I can say I showed up.

I ask you all to take a moment and show up fully for the moment– create a moment for memories and then go ahead and call someone up and tell them you love them!

Oh — and while you are at it — be silly and splash someone today– even in the tough times — we just need to lighten up! 🙂

Latah (Boston for later) !!!

Gail