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I am continually amazed at how life gives me continual metaphors in which to learn every day….some days bigger than others. Yesterday I had a big one for me. After my morning walk in the park, I came back to my car and it had been broken into. Someone had smashed the right passenger window in and stolen my man bag with my wallet, phone, my guitar pics, and my priceless pictures of my daughters over the years. This is not how I imagined my new years would start out when I was so diligently working on my new year’s collage last week.

I was stunned….I was speechless….this was not suppose to happen to me. I live a good life, do the right things, do my life’s work and spread love daily. These were incidences that happen to other people….… not me. I was in fear and froze……with the help of my friend Alan, his son Dylan, and my girlfriend MP, I anchored myself, drove to the bank and got into action. In a matter of a few hours I had cancelled credit cards, filed police reports, made arrangements to replace my car window, had a new phone on the way and my old phone activated. I learned that when I get focused I can move mountains quickly…..and I did.

After all of the excitement died down, I had some time to reflect on what had happened and more importantly….why. I believe that all things happen for a reason and there is some wisdom or some message that is there for me to learn. So I started thinking about what happened ……my bag was stolen and my window was broken…AND….it took a drastic event like this to show me something. I have been reading Robert Bly’s “A Little Book on the Human Shadow” and he refers to our shadow as “the bag we drag behind us”. Knowing there are no accidents……I wonder if is time to leave some of my bag behind and use an opening like a broken out window to move to a new space in my life………letting go…..again.

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