In my time on earth, I taught mama many important lessons. I was on a mission, you see — an earthbound angel assignment, you might say.
Giving from the heart is an attribute that mama has held since she was a little person and she didn’t need guidance from me on that point. I was just the happy recipient of her bountiful love and gifts, but she was lacking in how to receive graciously. Sure, she was able to receive my sloppy kisses and my abundant joy, but in the more traditional sense, mama has not been good at receiving.
I know I’ve talked about this in previous posts and I think it’s a topic that needs to be revisited. Mama has been forced to face this deficiency in herself this year, and this was my final gift and lesson to her.
When I was ill this summer and had emergency surgery, FOA’s started sending cards and checks to help with my medical bills. Our friends at SacPaws even reached out to find specialists and experts for my care. I felt fine receiving support and love in it’s various forms, but mama was reluctant and unsure how to act.
I was able to coach her along and remind her how good it feels to give freely and that she cannot deny others that same glorious feeling. The universe has properties that are set in stone, and one of those properties is to continue putting situations before us until we finally learn the lesson.
And since mama had not been fully educated on the art of receiving, the universe (and her furry angel) continued to throw circumstances and people her way to challenge her growth. After my transition, the support coming mama’s way was a tidal wave of love that could not be ignored and, I’m happy to say, she’s starting to get it. Did she have a choice?
Our dear FOA and close confidant of mama, Lisa Maslack, has taken giving to a whole new level through my issues. Lisa has been a great friend — one of those people who always listens with her heart and laughs with a snort. These past weeks, she has demonstrated her support and love for us with big, swooping gestures.
Lisa started a donation site to help with my medical bills. As you know, mama insisted the doctors go to every length to try to keep me here on earth, and the expenses grew quickly. When all was said and done, mama had incurred almost $13,000 in vet debt and Lisa, being a friend of action, was compelled to do something.
And, had it not been for Lisa’s generosity, Little Timmy would never have come into mama’s life. Mama is filled with gratitude and finally able to accept being on the receiving end of goodwill.
Mama can see the immense joy that Lisa experiences in giving of herself, her time and her resources. How can mama possibly deny her friend all of this joy?
And, with gratitude, I say that this is the lesson, friends… Receive as fully and open-heartedly as you give.