I was asked this question some years ago in an interview:
"What has been your greatest life achievement?"
“Well... there have been many so far. And one of the most important of those being
~~> learning forgiveness when I thought it was impossible.
So many people are overcoming, and growing through such great, and yet beauty-full, challenges in their lives that public eyes can't possibly witness. But it's happening.”
This image was a still from a video I took the last time I visited my parents in Antigua. I remember when this tree wasn’t there. But yet this is one of the 2 trees I used to sit and cry under when I was a young teenager growing through heartaches and transitions.
My mother grew this garden so well... and with so much love.
I remember waking up early on Saturday & Sunday mornings to hear the sound of her using her tools to dig into the earth... with her humming and also talking to the plants. I would go by the window and watch her for a bit. Watch her sweating like crazy with a big hat on... then shake my head, quietly laugh at her, and jump back in bed.
I didn’t get it then.
But now, as a grown womban... I could only laugh at myself for being so foolish.
Last year, I finally shared with her, that what she actually did... without her being consciously aware of it... was to create safe & beautiful portals in the garden, that held me & my tears, and that ushered me through some intense times in my life.
And every time I cried... without fail... all the dogs I grew up with, would come to me and start to lick my face, then just lay on the grass and surround me.
So out there, in my mom’s garden, was one of the first places, where I started to reintegrate the lessons of how powerful the connection is between this earth and my heart space. I was being asked to remember compassion, empathy and especially forgiveness... for mySelf first.
In this image, I was recalling all of that and feeling deep gratitude... then this dog that I didn’t grow with, and was watching me from afar all morning... walked by slowly and just gave me such a sweet smile... as if to say... “You’re welcome.”
forgive. travel light