Often my posts are inspired by unexpected happenings. This week was one of those. Last Friday, I met a woman, Laverne, who sat next to me while I was waiting for a doctor’s appointment, and began talking about how she’d let her own health go this past year, and how she intended to make herself and her well-being a priority in 2014. She said that she planned to make time for self-care by getting her hair done (which she hadn’t in several months) and following up with exercise and diet (which she hadn’t in several years). She’d realized she was neglecting herself when she looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize herself.
I told her I was a women’s health psychologist with a focus on self-care. Then she mentioned that her mother’s birthday was Dec.22 and I said so was mine. Earlier that week I kept thinking I knew 5 people with my same birthday but it had only been four until now. As we spoke, we discovered that both our moms are 81 and that we each have sisters in town. Purely coincidence? Maybe but I think it was one of those “happy accidents” a phrase a pastor I met on a plane ride to Philly used.
I gave her my card and told her about the new Women’s Self Care Group we’ll be offering at my place in STL, Midwest Mind Body Health Center, and that she’d be welcome. Our meeting, a reminder to me that we are all connected.
“If the world is to be healed by human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being, and who can rest in the vitality of that larger body.”
Best to each of you in 2014. Namaste.