I've been a little quiet on hear of late. As far as the presenting goes life has been keeping both Trem and I busy on other fronts, and I've dedicated less time to this side of my world. But I always trust that life is unfolding as it should, and we have some great opportunities coming up in the new year! We have been asked to present at next year's CCDDA Conference in Winnipeg in June, and that's huge, so we are both excited and honored to have been invited!
For now, I've been sharing my talent and story on other fronts. Most recently providing music for the local Compassionate Friends Chapter's annual Candle Light Remembrance Service. I know that if I hadn't shared the journey of all those other parents who have lost children, that I couldn't sing their experience in a way that helps them to heal and get through this very difficult season. I feel so fortunate that I've been given the tools that allow me to do that, and the strength to be able to. I thank Shane for that. And being a part of that evening reminded me in the power and the strength that friendship has in helping us to endure the absolutely worst things that life can throw at us. Not simply endure, but to come out the other side of it.
Just my friend is about the story of Trem and Shane's lives, living with and without disability. But as Trem and I always try to ensure people realize, it's not just about opening yourself up to someone who has a disability. It's about opening your heart to others who are different from you in any way, whether its race, color, religion or any of the things that might have us see someone as being different. It's about being open and aware of the fact that friendship is precious and invaluable to all of us. Its what widens our worlds and our perspectives. It gives us a sense of belonging that we can't get anywhere else. It is so, so important in this struggling world we live in and by offering our friendship to another, we can change the trajectory of a life. We can help them rewrite their story and open up possibilities that could not have been available without had we not connected at some deeper level.
I've been thinking so much about that over the last many weeks, hearing the news that is going on around the world. The missing and murdered, the racial clashes, the heartbreak that is happening in all corners of this magnificent earth we all share. What is it going to take for people to open themselves up. See that we are all one people, sharing this one planet and that we could accomplish so much by building each other up, rather than by tearing each other down.
Those are the thoughts and questions that are really filling my head and heart these days. They are also what keeps me so grateful for the many gifts of friendship that I've been blessed with over the course of my life. I can't imagine my journey without a single one of you!
Over the holiday season, I hope my presents will be my presence to my family, my friends and the small parts of the world that I can impact and influence. By lending my voice and my own abilities to causes that can move this world of our closer to the peace and belonging that we all yearn for, maybe I can be a small ripple in this huge ocean that we co-exist in. That would be a gift!