"Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don't forget to lift someone up." -Roy T. Bennett

I’ve been blessed with two uniquely gifted wise women that I’ve now had in my life for years. Loving Presence miraculously brought each of them to me exactly when I needed their presence in my life. Both are a decade or more older than me and have had extensive “lived experience.” They have done (and continue to do) healing recovery work. There is an AWEsome spiritual synergy that I can’t even explain when I am able to speak with either one of them, and so much happens spontaneously from the wisdom they bring forward from their own lived experiences. They hold space for me in a loving, non-judgmental way – while at the same time neither are afraid to tell me things that are not easy to hear (but very much what I need to hear). And, figuratively speaking, they have “picked me up off the floor” more times than I care to count. They’ve walked with me, supported me, and witnessed me through breakdowns, breakthroughs and becoming broken open.

I don’t live near them, nor do I get to speak to either of them as much as I would like to, but when we speak, I hold onto every precious moment. There have been things said to me that were so meaningful in the moment that they have become a part of my life and being. I don’t need to be with them to hear their words in my heart. I enjoy, love, and appreciate each of them for who they are. I have learned firsthand that we never know how long we may have someone in our life; I know our time together is sacred and I don’t take either of them for granted. I have let them know how much they mean to me and how grateful I am for them. Today, I am honoring them publicly; remembering people who have helped me along the way. I am much more able to “lift someone up” because they’ve done it for me. I have deep ongoing appreciation for both of them, and want to say, from my heart to both of yours, THANK YOU!

Who has made an impact in your life by supporting you along the way? Who speaks to the very depths of your heart and soul? Who can you be yourself with, regardless of what you’re going through? Today, please take a moment to remember and reach out to them with an expression of gratitude. Consider honoring them by “paying it forward” and lifting someone up.

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Cheri Thomas

Cheri works as a Peer Support Specialist for RI in Arizona. She has experienced loss and grief which has led her to write for the masses to bring voice to those in similar situations. Cheri possesses a deep passion to share with, encourage, and inspire others on what she calls the Journey of the Heart.