With a jolt of gratitude, I realize that I will walk into my new quarters on two legs and care for myself with two capable hands. My body is up to the task, supported by an ever more creative mind and an undaunted spirit.
It's a cliche, but it really does all start with yourself. When you can look at all the good and bad parts of yourself, and establish your own boundaries, then you can begin to heal and to really live.
The circumstances of Ida's coming gave me the great gift of honestly looking at myself, present tense, and asking, "what are you interested in?" Because apparently what I was good at, or what I wanted in the past didn't matter as much as I thought.
Although the soaps can verge on stereotypical and sensational with their cliff-hangers and tears, the Hebrew and Christian scriptures also grasp that stories can shock us with miracles, healing, resurrection, and subversive moments.