Funny, isn't it? You're expecting or hoping for something and it doesn't come to you at all. Fact is, things are not always going to turn out the way you might have hoped. Sometimes, they turn out even BETTER.
Last month I mentioned in a post that I had written a very short piece to be included in an article for Women's Day Magazine. The reporter writing the article, Jane Mascarella had previously interviewed me and was doing a piece for Woman's Day called "Giving Thanks." Myself and many others were asked to submit a very short note of Thanks to anyone we wished. I chose to write mine to a wonderful person in Sedona, Deborah Rose, that I have not been able to find; she is the one that originally told me about Feng Shui and had encouraged me to look into it.
Women's Day chose to print the piece and I somehow hoped to hear from Deborah. After all, we are all only six degrees of separation but I haven't heard from her--yet. What I DID wake up to was an email and at first I didn't even realize who it was. It read (I am paraphrasing a bit):
I was just sitting down to eat breakfast and reading a magazine that had your name in it...with a business called ‘Feng Shui Long Island..' I couldn't believe it might be you so I Googled your name and am SO happy I found you! I had no idea you had your own business and have often thought of all the wonderful times we've had together.
I particularly remember spending time at Grandma's house and all the treats she always made for us. And during the summers when you would spend a week with me and I would spend a week at your house (which was always very special for me, my parents were so STRICT)! I remember going out to the many dance clubs on Long Island and all the laughs and great times we had.
She left me her phone number and the note was signed "Your cousin, Mary."
My COUSIN. Mary is a first cousin and we were always close. Her remembrances touched off a flood of my own of spending time with her and all the fun we'd had. We lost touch sometime after she'd moved to Virginia. What I didn't realize, until I read that letter, was how some very close, important people that you truly love just somehow drift out of your life. And how very much they are missed. Mary and I have a history together of some of our best family memories. They are priceless.
Now we speak at least once a week and email often. She said to me the other night that we would never lose touch again. I agreed with her with all my heart.
I take some time when I think of her to remember some other very special people that I truly love that have drifted away as well. And with the holidays coming, what a wonderful time to contact them. When thinking about who you might like to contact, go WAY back. Mary and I haven't seen or spoken to each other in about 15 years; that's a lot of time I have to go back and sort through memories. And the joys it can bring would be immeasurable.
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island, providing on site Feng Shui Consultations for all of Long Island and New York City and personalized Feng Shui Consultations at a distance by phone.