We have been friends since high school. She was my maid of honor at my wedding. We have both lost family members, and dear friends. The last thirty years or so, we have been miles away from each other and it does not allow us, the luxury of a visit.
Yet over the past fifty years (did I say 50? Holy S---!) We have remained in touch by phone or these days by email.
Last week, Janice and her husband visited a Christian retreat about fifty miles from where I currently live. This year the timing was perfect and they graciously traveled to my home for a visit while I was having a garage sale. Their arrival was perfect…there were no customers for a short time and we sat outside in the warm sun and brought each other updated of what life has brought us.
I also shared with Janice Carol a revelation that I had after our last phone call. It is a realization of how, over the years, that she is truly a person who lives her spiritual belief. She is the real deal.
She has with total acceptance always respected who I was. This is despite what path I was currently learning or enthusiastically telling her about regarding my latest spiritual discovery. Paths that Janice did not embrace…at all.
No matter what “phase” I was in the process of learning about, that being: like my Druid, or Wicca, or ET period…Janice Carol would listen and did not once ever criticized or postulate that I needed to think HER WAY. Even though she did not even come close to believe or accept what I was dabbling in, she just accepted me with unconditional love.
I have over the years, encountered quite the opposite from various individuals who chastised and condemned me for what I was exploring. Not Janice Carol. She restored my faith that another human, who has an opposite belief, can accept you with unconditional love! Here is a human being who walks her talk!
I give thanks for a true friend and appreciate her very much for being part of my life. I have learned from her how to have compassion and acceptance.
By the way, in all those years of searching for what I choose to believe? I practice Buddhism and applied metaphysics.