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Bringing Beauty to the World (While Facing Personal Tragedy)

October 28, 2015 by admin  
Filed under Purpose and Passion

I, and a friend from high school who I had not seen in 40 years, reconnected three years ago. There was much to catch up on. She had married her high school sweetheart and it was one of those fairy tale marriages you don’t hear much about any more. Best friends, soul mates and devoted lovers for four decades.

What was unnerving to me, was what she had just gone through and would soon go through after our reuniting.

Her beloved younger brother (who I remembered as a teenager) had just passed and her husband had been terminally ill with liver cancer for five years. Her husband’s medical history was replete with misdiagnoses and unbearable hospital stays. At a point near death, a liver became available for transplant. As is the case with a high percentage of organ transplant patients, terrible side effects ensued. Sharon would call or email and update me on news, which was never good, but what amazed me was her strength and positive attitude even when things looked bleakest. At the time, she would often speak or write about her mother, who she was very close to as well, and who had for years been a “snowbird”, fleeing the cold of Canadian winters and living in Florida half of the year. Sharon would visit often. Two years ago, Sharon’s husband passed, then shortly after, her mother.

What I discovered during our conversations and visits was her eye for, and love of, all things beautiful. See, she had been making gorgeous cards for friends and family and even the local art gallery bought them for resale in their gift shop. She mailed me exquisite cards for my birthday, for Christmas and also, just because.

The first time I visited her beautiful home on Lake Erie, I was taken with the award-winning gardens she meticulously planted and cared for. Just as beautiful was the interior of her home, eclectically furnished with antiques and stunning framed art and prints. I was led to her crafts room, which just as any busy office or workshop should be, was filled with the tools of her trade. The perimeter of the room was lined with shelves and drawers of ornaments, dies and paper stock. The room was also filled with love. And passion.

In an ornamental box on a shelf were the ashes of her mom who she promised would be buried in a nearby conservation area where her husband’s ashes were buried many years before. Sharon had purchased a tree and a dedication plaque and had felt badly she hadn’t done this yet. During my last visit I suggested we take a shovel and fulfill her promise. She hadn’t visited the field since her father’s burial and it was so sadly overgrown we couldn’t locate the tree and plaque so we returned to her home and found a perfect spot in her garden.

True to the resilient woman I’ve come to know these last three years, Sharon, now alone, took the brave step of buying a winter home very close to her mother’s.

A few months ago, Sharon told me she was thinking about building a DIY (do it yourself) crafting blog. I thought that was great idea and decided to give her a hand as I had built many websites in my day. So, in the holes of the next few weeks, I helped her put together a simple blog, and I want to share that with you. I believe you will feel the love and passion in her crafting and frankly, the reason she was able to not only cope with the tragedies in her recent life, but really, thrive and continue bring beauty to this world. A true testament to the amazing power of purpose and passion!

Welcome to Sharon’s blog :-)

Rick Beneteau
Co-founder, 10 Million Clicks For Peace

P.S. This article begs the question, “what can your purpose and passion do for you, and the world“?

Julian Kalmar and Rick Beneteau want to know if you've got what it takes to step up and be a leader in the new world transformation. CLICK HERE to find out.

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