Chicken Soup for the SoulThe first day of braving the web outside my own little orb in a documented act of kindness came easy in many ways… A woman who holds others a mile ahead of herself, and whom I consider a very dear friend, has had a rough road the last few weeks…My dear Katie las…Her life is deeply blessed with beloved family and friends, and what a gift that is….but with that deep love comes loss, and longing for those that are not near, or are moving away….Even if that ‘moving away’ is figuratively in the mind… I cannot imagine, nor do I dare try for fear of breaking down into a blubbering mess, my parents experiencing Alzheimer’s disease….And yet I have watched over the last year while this beautiful friend has begun the journey with her own mother as she gradually ‘moves away’ and her mind surrenders to it’s future…  She has shared stories with me along the way…Stories that have touched my heart, that have made me laugh, and ones that I know will give me tools for countless experiences along my own path…Stories that inspire me to look at her with further awe and respect.  She is a courageous, beautiful woman to say the very least…Someone I consider in a special place between mother and friend…And whose story I cannot begin to do justice in a mere posting….

So here we are on January 1st, and our sweet Katie has traveled to Canada just before the holidays to visit her own mother…a journey alone, of emotional trial and one surely threaded with certain heartache…Her and I had not talked yet since her return home, but she was prominent in my mind in an extra persistent way…yesterday a mutual friend shared how she was doing….Her fatigued system had given way to significant illness, and no doubt her emotional body was struggling too in attempt to retain it’s normal vitality and prowess…

At mid afternoon yesterday I honestly still didn’t know what I would do for my first day of this project…Less than 24 hrs. away, no clue… I trusted the universe would provide me the details…and it did.  The ‘Ordinary Days Project’ is about listening to the whisper within our web, and that will mean sometimes spontaneously answering the call of need as it appears, perfectly timed on our hearts doorstep.  Sometimes that call will be thought out, and planned…Sometimes I am sure the call will test my comfort limits or my skill level.  Sometimes other things…Today, day one, came almost to easily, without any major challenges… To lovingly craft some of the best  homemade chicken soup I’ve ever made and bring it to one of the most amazing women I know was one of the biggest honors I can imagine, and best ways to begin a year of listening and of giving….I’d like to think that the majick I intentioned inside the soup will foster deep healing…Chicken soup for soul, and more…for me, just the beginning of….well, trying my best to light up the web…