“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” -Helen Keller
“There is no wealth like the wealth from having great friendships.” -My mother
As my time is winding down in Dallas, I’ve been taking the time to reflect on all of the connections I have made here over the past four years. As I write this, I’m shedding tears because I’m quite touched by having had the opportunity to connect with such amazing people. The image above is a community painting that my friends created for me at my going away party last night. This painting will forever be in my heart as it represents who I am and my growth. I am in awe by how the painting has elements of darkness and light. Moving from left to right, there is darkness that flows to authenticity, ultimately leading to the light. There’s a mirror to represent the fact that self-reflection will always lead us back to the light. Each of my dearest friends added their unique touch to this painting throughout the night; all the elements coming together to make a whole. And what’s most fascinating is that this painting was unplanned, raw creative expression.
Nothing has been more rewarding than embracing these connections with my friends. I am so honored to have people who love me unconditionally and who have chosen to walk by my side on my journey.
I deeply believe that a primary purpose of life is to honor our connectedness with others. While the relationship to self is the foundation for all other connections, our relationships to others are what nourish our souls, enhance our growth, and add unparalleled fulfillment to our lives. I am convinced that if we were meant to be alone, there would not be seven billion of us on the planet.
Thank you for reading! Wishing you all infinite peace!