This morning I received a note from my friend, Odile LêMinh, who I met by way of Kim Klassen’s Studio. Odile is thoughtful, creative and kind in every aspect of her life. She makes gorgeous still life photographs and is truly an extraordinary seamstress and maker of beautiful and useful things. She encourages me, and a host of other friends, along her path, writing in lovely prose, even though English is not her first language; she lives a rich and fulfilling life in France. In her note this morning, she wrote, “everyone has grown and evolved… you’re following the journey you’ve chosen which is not the easiest one, I think...”
This single sentence brings me great comfort. If Odile can see that my journey is not easy, I am on the right track. It is my intention to live authentically, and I will admit this is a shift for me, requiring a substantial transformation. It is powerfully healing to vocalize what’s going on inside my head to friends who are listening and to know that it’s a safe enough space for me to say what I’m feeling, and they’re not going to hold it against me. I want to do the same for them. To listen and understand, in a very personal way.