Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember fondly how Katie recently made gift bags with beautifully artistic, handmade labels for the folks who were helping her and other loved ones. Scented soaps and lotions were a joy for Katie to shop for, as she had an idea to start a business doing fragrances, oils and lotions, that she never got to fulfill. If you visited Katie at home, or even in the hospital during brief stays, you would smell the wonderful scents of the oils she was diffusing. And not to mention her wonderful collection of perfumes that she sometimes layered to have unique combinations.
So it is appropriate that today we share and smell flowers, candles and chocolates… and remember the love that Katie had for all around her, and we have for her still in our hearts. I have a couple of the orchids from Katie’s house, and it is heartwarming to see one of them starting to bloom again. Like the cycles of life, flowers might remind us that blooms may fade or drop, but their beauty will come back again and renew us with reflections of the loves in our lives. As well they remind us that while life’s blooms are visible to us, it is important to consciously appreciate the symbols of love that run throughout our lives.
May you today feel truly loved, by Katie and by all of us here — and if needed may you take a moment to be soak in and smell the love around you. Make sure to pause to appreciate the loving impacts you are making for others, and may we all support each other in letting our little lights shine, our flowers bloom. Our lights may dim, but like flowers, we will always bloom again and bring joy to those around us and ourselves. Katie taught us all so many important lessons.
Together, we are like a fine estate garden, each of us flowers and lights, each beautiful in our own rights. Together, we are a wonderful symphony of colors, a layering of perfumes, and a million candles shining brightly helping guide each other along our paths.
I leave you with the newly budding flowers forming on one of Katie’s orchids. May your flowers, and little lights, shine in the sunlight of the love that guides us all.
For Katie, smell and appreciate a flower today (or this week), and drink in it’s aroma and love. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
Peace and bright love to you,
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