My heart is aching today. I was told that a wonderful lady I’ve worked with for 9 years passed away last night – peacefully, with her husband by her side. She was fighting a terrible battle; Cancer.
Last year I knew she wasn’t herself. She was usually so focussed and her attention-to-detail made all the projects we worked on go very smooth.
But there were errors and problems. It was the first time dealing with this. She told me she had the flu. I later found out she was diagnosed with Cancer.
She loved working with me because I knew her projects so well and we could deliver the marketing pieces quickly without her getting stressed. I just read through hundreds of emails. There so many “Thank you so much” words written throughout them.
When I told her about my aspiration to write a book about my abusive childhood, her immediate response was how proud of me she was for speaking up. She wanted to help.
She phoned someone she knew at a book publishing company. She asked her if she would speak to me and help me with some guidelines. I was in tears when she told me. And so grateful.
She did so much for me and she doesn’t even know it. When you speak up and speak out against abuse, it is a difficult thing. I was sensitive before I wrote the book, and now I’m even more so.
Sometimes people don’t even know the little things they do, help. Those random acts of kindness that mean so much to others.
She will never read this. But it’s my little message to say, “Thank you, my friend. You were so wonderful to work with and so very kind. I will miss you with all my heart. Very much.”
Sending my blessings and love to her and her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears…
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
(Katharina A. von Schlegel, 1752)
I entrust my spirit into your hand. (Psalm 31:5)