The painter Kimberly Merrill posted this beautiful story as a comment to my last post “Couple” and I think it deserves to have its place on the blog as a full post for all to read. Very inspiring and I am grateful to Kimberly for sharing so openly and lovingly! (Are you inspired yet? Are you all going to send me a good story I can feature here? )
I mentioned to you recently that it is a miracle in my life that my boyfriend, Jon, and I are getting engaged.
We’ve been together for 5 and 1/2 yrs and a couple years ago, I realized not only could I not marry him, but we wouldn’t be together much longer. Jon is a wonderful person, but the dynamic between us, because of each of our ‘issues’, was just not working.
Then Oprah did her telecast with Eckhart Tolle and everything changed. We each started a spiritual quest, reading, going inward and talking, and talking…and talking some more. Almost everyday, still, we talk about something we’ve read or have been thinking about or experiencing. We have changed how we see the world and other people, especially each other. For me personally, my heart has opened up more and I find myself looking at or thinking of him and feeling the way I did in the beginning…overflowing with love. It doesn’t get better than that!
An interesting side note to this…Recently, I donated a pet portrait commission to the annual fundraiser for the ASPCA. I received the name of the winner and was getting started on the portrait without thinking anything of it. A few days later, I was looking at a small book at Costco and saw that it was done by Eckhart Tolle AND this man I’m doing the commission for! Feeling a huge debt of gratitude to Eckhart for what he had done for both Jon and I, I explained my feelings to my client and asked if I did a portrait of Eckart’s dog, if he could get it to him as a gift of appreciation. He was very supportive and I hope to have the portrait done in January. I never would have dreamed I would have this opportunity while watching Oprah’s series with Eckhart, but realize now that… that is how the universe works! Another day…another miracle:)
ps. I’m not saying my life is perfect, but these events of serendipity help me to remember that miracles are in process, even when things look dismal and to try not to waste so much energy worrying.
Kimberly Merrill (http://www.kimberlymerrill.com/)