Lucky – In Memoriam 5/10/2014

This day – today – I am in double sadness because it is the anniversary of our dear canine companion, Lucky, who passed away of a heart attack, day before Mother’s Day four years ago. I had just started my Twitter account, and paid tribute to him there, but that’s really not enough to show my deep gratitude to Lucky – not nearly!

The additional sadness is loss of our cat Bodhi very recently, who had to be euthanized April 3rd. I started to write a post for him, but didn’t finish. The hurt is so raw, and I am in the midst of grieving… I cannot bring myself to write about all that I loved about my sweet baby Bodhi. Not just yet, but I will write a beautiful tribute for him and post it here on my blog. Bodhi’s story is unusual and very colorful… But I do have our other beloved kitties to take care of, a house to clean, a husband to feed, etc. Many chores that never seem to get done! But sometimes you just have to stop and reflect on what you feel at the time. Each day comes and goes so quickly. One moment your beloved pet is laying at your feet, nuzzling your hand with his wet nose, the next he’s laying dead down the hall. It was such a shock, and there’s no way I was prepared. It was just after midnight, so we had to wait until morning. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep that night.

My husband was out of work at the time, so we couldn’t pay to have Lucky cremated and placed in a decorative urn. So his body had to be taken to San Jose Animal Care Center for a “communal cremation”. I’m surprised that I didn’t just “lose it” with this family tragedy, but somehow I kept it together, and we even went to our Mother’s Day celebration at my sister-in-laws house. I am notorious for having a “delayed reaction” to very upsetting events, so I must’ve been in a daze, or denial the whole day long. It took awhile to really sink in that our rescue dog Lucky was gone. All that was left was his collar and pictures to remember him by. His brother, Chance, whom I did write about in a more timely manner (see post, “Chancey Baby – In Memoriam” ) has an attractive urn which is displayed with others from our pets who have lived and loved with us, in our cabinet in the living room. But these “displays” are for our human need to have something of them to cling to. Our pets don’t have any such “needs”. They are beyond that, and when they pass on and cross that veil, they are welcomed into a heavenly domain called “Rainbow Bridge”, where they live in eternal bliss and contentment. And just like with the poem, “Footprints”, the poet who wrote the following is unknown. It is one of the most beautiful and moving poems I have ever read, and always brings tears to my eyes:

There is another version on my other “memoriam” post for Chance, so please enjoy both. I cannot find that perfect picture of Lucky, and I really need to post this now, so I will have to include in a follow-up. Like his brother, he gave unconditional love and affection throughout his life, and I cherished every moment spent with my adorable Lucky! He is romping through the meadows with Chance, deliriously happy and free at Rainbow Bridge. As I said before, there’s no pain, no disease or disability in this beautiful field of eternity, only happiness and contentment. Lucky is in God’s forever care and at peace. Bless you, my brown-eyed beloved!

Serene Sunday: A Sneak Peek into My World

I am a Sacred Life Coach, and my intention is to create an oasis of peace where my clients can refresh themselves, be renewed, and finally find deep, lasting contentment. This is an important part of my Divine Life’s purpose, and the reason I wish to be of service as a coach and author. I began this blog to find my own “voice” and have it be truly authentic, so people can get a glimpse of my life’s philosophy. It’s definitely a work-in-progress, very experimental and always “in the moment”, as I love to be spontaneous. My writings are deliberately eclectic and free-flowing because I am that way. 🙂

That gorgeous bouquet of flowers you see on my Home page symbolizes the abundance of beauty all around us. We’ve all been to beautiful places where we can connect with Nature. But the “oasis of peace” I’ve found isn’t any particular place; it resides in your own heart. This photo inspired my blog and I didn’t notice the plastic card holder at first. Then when I looked at it with fresh eyes, it appeared as a stiff, little figure of a man amidst a jungle of blooms. Oh my gosh, what does that mean? Have we hardened our hearts and forsaken the natural world in favor of technology? I can’t believe that such a cynical view defines us as humans. So what I’ve chosen to do is gently guide my clients back to the basics, and help them see the sacredness in all of God’s creations, much as they did as children. Ah, how delightfully refreshing that is!

After a busy, hectic week of appointments and training seminars, come Sunday I just want to kick back and relax. This is serenity at its best! I might see a hummingbird in our backyard, or be laying on the hammock with a good book, or crocheting a baby’s cap for my friend’s first child. I am blissfully refreshed and renewed.