The Other I

January 22, 2021

My own new beginning

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 5:14 pm

Just over two months ago, America held a national election that, now two months later, has begun a new stage in American life.

It’s also happened to me personally: my husband died, somewhat unexpectedly, just a week after the election. I too now have reached the time when I am ready to begin a new stage. I don’t mean to forget about my husband of almost fifty years, but to do what he urged me to do in our last conversation together: to use the gifts, the strengths, the insights given to us by others or to each other to “pay forward” as it were.

What he urged me to do was to try to give to others whatever gifts I could. Not necessarily to those who have earned it, but who, like us, did not always deserve some of the most valuable acts of generosity and kindness that were shown to us.

Whatever gifts I may have to give now are not earth-shattering. They will not make me a celebrity or saint or even well-known. That is not a burden I would take on voluntarily in any case. But I do want to try to think of others as often as I think about myself.

I can’t exactly claim that is why I now hope to resume writing a blog post here every week or so. But I will confess I’m glad to be in dialogue here again.

Hope to see you soon!

4 Comments »

  1. I’m so sorry about your husband. May his memory bring you peace. Kath

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    Comment by Kathleen — January 22, 2021 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Kath. Your sympathy is a support during this time.

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      Comment by theotheri — January 23, 2021 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  2. Welcome back, Terry! We missed you.

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    Comment by Thomas J. Hubschman — January 23, 2021 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  3. dear Terry, on-going sympathy in the passing of your beloved Peter. Yes, I imagine he very much wanted you to continue sharing your gifts. So good to know you will continue sharing your reflections. love always, Cookie

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    Comment by Carolyn M. Grassi — January 26, 2021 @ 6:25 pm | Reply


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