The Embrace of the Universe

“You are not IN the universe; you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately, you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” – Eckhart Tolle

This blog has been a long time coming. For years, the universe has invited me to share my stories – to use my words as I support others, often college students navigating their own journeys. Stories of my own journey, a journey filled with hope, joy, resiliency, and strength amidst uncertainty, angst, and sometimes heartache offer a safe space as I share cups of coffee, meals, or a walk with students. More recently, I have spun my stories via Zoom or FaceTime calls.

Through stories of my parents’ divorce, of my pre-adolescent immersion into “parenting” my siblings, of finding my voice through teaching, of taking my health into my own hands, of ending a thirty-year marriage, and of my daughter’s battle with stage four brain cancer, I create a safe space in which others can connect. As I expose myself in vulnerable ways, I offer an opportunity for us both to realize how similar storylines are.

The same is true for all of us brave enough to share even a small piece of ourselves. Through stories, we find hope in others – others who seem to have emerged bruised, but not scarred – others who find joy in life regardless of the obstacles – others who help us realize we are not alone.

On days when life feels a little heavy, the universe sends me reminders that I am loved – that through the life I have shared with others, I have deep, deep connections. The universe reminds me of how gently she is holding me: a friend waiting on my porch when I return from a walk, a group of friends from across the country gathering on Zoom just to conenct, a friend who sends me daily quotes like the one anchoring this blog (every single day since Elizabeth’s diagnosis with stage four cancer), and another friend who sends a text, “You good?”

The universe reminds me in remarkable ways that it IS conscious of me… of you. Our stories matter. What a gift!!! #MakeRoomForJoy

4 thoughts on “The Embrace of the Universe

  1. Stories give strength. Stories connect. Strength and connections are vital when life gets tough. Having to see your child suffer is probably harder than any other thing you have been through. Wishing you lot of hope and love.


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