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Reaching in the Past...
So many ancestral questions are being asked of me as of late.
Has this been happening for anyone else?
I have been asked on more than one occasion in the last month, what has brought me to this work, my journey.
My mother is always at the forefront of my mind when I think of my work and what I do.
Who she was, who she is, and who she is becoming.
Even as she nears 80 years old, and her movements are slower, her activities lessening, and her memory fading, she is still becoming.
During this pandemic and paradigm shift, many of our parents and grandparents have joined our ancestors.
This means we have had to deal with grief in the most unusual ways, have had to adapt to new customs in saying goodbye, and forging ahead in this new normal, in many cases, untethered and unsure.
So, believe me when I say I sit in gratitude for having both my parents still with me in this realm, even though the dynamics of our relationships are changing.
I know, at this point, you may be asking, "Sister Maria, what does this have to do with sustainability? Being green?"
Well, the very foundation of what I do and why I do it is because of relationships—my relationship with the Planet and my relationships with the people around me.
The relationship that is shaping much of what my life is going to look like for the foreseeable future is the relationship with my mother.
Reaching in the past, at how my mother parented me, and how she showed up in the world independent of who she was to me, my siblings, and her spouse is intriguing.
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