My mother died in 1995.
Yet her voice sounds in my mind over and over again with the same message from my childhood, adulthood and even after her death I still hear her saying, “Susan, don’t forget who you are!”
A few years ago I happened across a radio interview, “Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into;” with author, storyteller, funny and wise man Kevin Kling and Krista Tippet (On Being).
At that time, I thought about the way in which Kling conveys his experience of being ‘dis-abled’. He said that in Dante‘s epic journeys, ‘Dis’ is “the underworld of shadow and reflection.” Kling therefore translates his experience as, “being abled through the world of shadow and reflection.” I embrace his reframe, because I too am abled, in my own way. In fact, many can relate, especially as we age and experience changes to our own abilities.
“The Art of Connection is an energy and wisdom of the heart that includes personal vulnerability and will change the world.”
- Miles Adcox, CEO, Onsite Workshops
I am often fearful of letting anyone hear who I truly am. I open myself to the worst of all reactions from others… silence. There I write tragic and negative stories about the messages from the other person.