I visited with a dear friend this morning in Los Angeles. He’s a young man who I’ve watched grow since he was 18 and with whom I’ve been close for these years. Today he’s a lovely man with a good job and a graduate degree. It’s such a pleasure to hear of his successes and to know that I had a least a small part of the direction his life took. I look forward to see what he will do. I have no doubt he’ll be a vice president of a university one day.
I met with another friend, also a young man, who is in need of direction. He, too, has a good job, but he’s reeling from a child which is emotionally unresolved because it was so horrific, so brutal. The good news is that he’s begun therapy. I shared some of my experience, strength, and hope with him and hope that he finds Codependents Anonymous. It feels as if he’s on the verge of discovery and healing but needs that gentle push over the line into his future.
I was on the UCLA campus today and stopped by the LGBT Center. It was busy with visitors, students studying at the table, and activities happening in the library. I felt so happy that the Center is alive and well and moving forward under the direction of Raja Bhatar. I actually retired because of the smart young talented folks like Raja who could better move this work into the future. My colleagues and I took the work as far as our vision allowed. The new folks with visions far beyond my own needed to have the space to do their work. My role today is to cheer them on and mentor as needed.The weather is changing rapidly and the predicted winter storm is approaching. Gratefully, it’s nothing like what the east coast has experienced.
Today I’m grateful for the weather here no matter how bad it gets, and I’m grateful for the sweet friends of my heart…
My meditation today from A Woman’s Spirit: Abby Warman said, “Solitude is my time to talk to myself. Without it I’m a bird without a song.” I will sing God’s tune today if I take time to listen for it. I quiet my mind and listen to my heart.
On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1557 – Benvenuto Cellini charged with sodomy, Italy; 1989 – The U.S.S.R. reports the case of twenty-nine infants and six mothers who all contracted AIDS in the same hospital through a single unsterile syringe that was used over and over again; 2001 – Two female characters on Buffy the Vampire Sayer kiss. It was the first realistic lesbian relationship on TV; 2004 – New Palz, NY, begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
It’s good to be 67!
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