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Week 22 – The Hero’s Journey – Fox or Hedgehog?


The Master Key

      The Master Key

This has been a very busy week.  Life happened this week.  The death of my brother-in-law also happened.  All best laid plans came to a halt.  The magnifying glass is moving all over the place.  What can I do to help my sister? People need to be picked up from the airport.  People spending the night here before we all crowd into my car for the long drive to the north shore of Lake Superior for the service.  Phone calls, lots and lots of them, and long ones, too.  People need to talk when sadness strikes.

I will use the energy from my sadness to be of service.

I am reminded of the story of the Fox and the Hedgehog.  I’ve been like the fox trying to do a million things, seeing the invisible, then doing the impossible.  The hedgehog in me wants to write.  The fox pelts me with all of the tasks that need to get done before the funeral.  I so long for the silence that is waiting for me next week.  Right now I will remember to use my faults as tools to keep going.

Today, I will be the master of my emotions.  How can I help?  How can I be of service to my family at this sad time?  I will do the next right thing as it presents itself to me.

Magnifying Glass

Next week, I will be back to a good routine.  Next week I will be in the silence as soon as I drop the last person off at the airport.  Forty-eight hours of silence, and then I focus my magnifying glass on the next right thing, my manuscript.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service.




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  1. Virginia, so sorry for your family’s loss. What a tower of strength and love you are for them. Sending you and yours much love!
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  2. Sending you hugs and peace and am sure your silence will be awesome. I am so grateful for your presence.
    Dave Bernstrom recently posted…Week 22 – SilenceMy Profile

  3. Sorry for you loss. It seems you’re in control of your emotions…good for you in a difficult time.

  4. Virginia, I’m sorry for your family’s loss. Your sister is fortunate to have you to help her through this time. Peace be with you.
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