Making New Friends — A September Letter
As a Girl Scout many years ago, we sang a song many of you no doubt know: “Make New Friends, but Keep the Old.”
A year ago, I reached out to a woman whose work I had long admired, the career coach and author, Gail McMeekin. Her books, “The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women,” and “The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women,” had both been real inspirations to me at various times in my life, and I have given them as gifts to others.
You know that there are hidden webs of belonging all around you when the following happens.
Gail, it turns out, had read my book, “A Sabbath Life: One Woman’s Search for Wholeness,” and had done the same thing with it that I’d done with hers — passed it along, shared it around.
In the course of things, I discovered that one of those friends to whom she’d passed it is Janet Connor, whose extraordinary book, “Writing Down the Soul” has had a place of honor on my bookshelf for years!
I felt that, in the middle of the road, so to speak, I’d discovered long-lost sisters. A conversation was begun.
And it hasn’t ended.
Janet is a go-getter, who writes books faster than I can fold my laundry, and who keeps a dozen other projects in the air, including her own on-line radio program, “The Soul-Directed Life,” an interview show that has a theme a month and features thinkers and writers and ordinary folks who’ve walked a journey she feels it worth sharing with her audience.
Today at 2 p.m. I will patch into her show as the “guest speaker” of the week, on the theme of — you guessed it — Sabbath life.
I will attach the url here, should you be interested in joining. (The program plays again in the coming days, on a schedule available on the site.)
I am grateful to Gail and to Janet for this chance to refocus my own scattered September energies on the theme that means most to me — contemplation in a world of action, mindfulness in the midst of our hectic days.
Peace to all of you,