I salute you

I wrote I salute you a couple of years ago as a way to honour and thank all the amazing women I met while going through breast cancer. I share it now to honour all women and to mark the rise of the divine feminine on the planet.

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“What was your life like before?” I ask unsuspecting women who cross my path every day.
I hunger to tell them my story, to hear theirs, to break the silence, to come together, to step into our power, to change the world.
Their answers strike a chord in the common ground of our shared experience.

“I’d lost my mojo.”  “I couldn’t say no.”  “I felt so drained.”  “I wanted to stop.” 

"The tank was empty.”  “It was one way traffic.” "I wasn't myself.”

New understanding dawns with every conversation.
I feel a thrill as my deepest knowing is stirred awake. 

But cancer. You are not for the faint hearted. 

You were the scream when the whispers went ignored, the full stop when we were mid-sentence, the handbrake that we couldn’t find, the breath we failed to take.

And when our bodies said “No more!”

We were brought to our knees

Stopped in our tracks

Stripped bare

and boy did it hurt.  

Starved of our daily diet of doing and distraction, we had nowhere to hide.  

Then out of the silence rose a timid whisper

“Do you remember me?”

With tears in our eyes we said “Yes!” and our hearts rose up to fill the emptiness. We recognised you straight away, and coming home we found ourselves propelled in a new direction, soon flowing easily in our natural rhythm.

And yes dear sisters, you have your own story and I have mine. We are each with our own lessons to learn, new terrain to explore and jewels to find.
But whatever happens there is no going back.

We are changed forever.

We are born anew.

“What is life like for you now?” I ask?  

“Now I live for today!” you say "Now I smile.” “Now I am grateful.” “Now I’ve found my passion.” “Now I trust.” “
Now I know my true power.” "Now nothing can stop me.” “Now I know there is nothing to fear.”

So I salute you all, my sisters, and I thank you.
For the warm smiles and kind words from chance encounters.
For the heartfelt friendships that sustain me every day.
For the constant nudges to pursue my passion.
For the dogged belief when I have none.
I am inspired by you and your brave choices. I am shaped by the reverberations you have left in your wake. The world is waiting for you to shine. Don’t hesitate.

Your time is now.

And in the words of poet Mary Oliver, I put to you the most important question that remains:

“Tell me now, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

 

March 2021

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