Rare are the moments when I feel in the presence of the Mystery, when I feel completely whole, when I feel as if successive moments have been strung carefully on a string to create a masterpiece of a necklace. Last Wednesday night was one of those moments.
I had the honor of reading my story that was recently published in The Story of a Woman, Stories to Empower and Inspire, edited by Terry Laszlo-Gopadze. My story is about the reconciliation between myself and Harvey, the man who hit me in the accident which took my leg.
Harvey came to Bellingham, from Victoria, on Tuesday and had dinner with me and my family. We reconnected after not seeing each other for nearly five years. Harvey has a huge heart and an endearing soul. He told silly jokes and held his own in the midst of my family's coming and goings.
On Wednesday, some of my extended family came up from Seattle for the reading, but they came a few hours early. We all went out to dinner with Harvey. This was the first time my mother met Harvey. Just like me, at the trial two years after the accident, she wasn't allowed to talk to the man who took her daughter's leg.
My family was welcoming, warm and inviting, as only my family can be. I could tell this was difficult for Harvey, to face the possible enemy, and he did so with such grace. My family worked their magic and put him at ease. My brother gave a toast to the wonder of the moment.
And then it was time for me to read. In the past when I've read my work, I was so nervous I sweat like a running faucet and then shook uncontrollably after I finished. Not Wednesday. I had the good fortune to read with Christina Baldwin, a seasoned writer and speaker. She held the space for us at the front of the room and was a grounding presence.
I think that I am so integrated with this part of my story that there was nothing to be nervous about. I had given thought to what else I might want to say so I was prepared when questions were asked. But mostly I felt the Mystery of life run through me that night, allowing me to step into my wholeness.