There are many worries I could stress about prior to one of our gatherings, not least of which is everyone's safe travel to and from the event. So many variables are at play, I don't let my thoughts go there since I believe worrying is praying for what you don't want.
And still, terrible things can happen. When I got the call that Alena had been in a four-car pile up on her way to Squam by the sea, I was beside myself.
photo above is Alena's car after the accident
However, the miracle is that despite her car being totalled, Alena's body and spirit are well. To my absolute amazement, she came to the retreat and insisted on teaching-- which she did, beautifully.
Now, she is home and facing daunting medical bills from her stay at the hospital. Kat Sweeney has put together a most wonderful way of us all to chip in so that Alena does not have to face this burden alone. If each of us could give even just a little bit-- even $5 bucks-- collectively, we could lessen the pain of a most difficult situation that she is already going through.
We have all known times in our life when someone stepped in and helped us-- we are all in this life together and if you are in a place right now when you can offer Alena your support, I know she would be so deeply grateful. What I cherish most about this community is how the smallest kindness, the lightest touch carries more power than we can possibly fathom.
Alena is one of the kindest, gentlest souls I have ever met. If you have met her, you know this to be true. If you have never met her, I wish for you someday to have that good fortune.
Meantime, if you can help, your contribution would be so very welcome.
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