“When an elder dies, a library burns to the ground.” African Proverb
“Each of us … at some time in our lives, turns to someone – a father, a brother, a God … and asks … ‘Why am I here? What was I meant to be?’” ~ Spock in Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Since Thanksgiving weekend I’ve been recording and editing my special Christmas Story-Power podcast of family favorites. This episode airs on December 16 and then I’ll take a break to interview people for the new year.
For this special episode, I interviewed twelve of my family members. It was an eye opening and heart warming experience. I learned things about each of them I had never known before. I loved getting to know a little bit more about each family member and as I was editing the episode, I felt a deeper heart connection with each of them than I had experienced before.
It occurred to me that this seemingly terrible time when we are forced to be isolated from friends and family could be a golden opportunity to connect with them in deeper ways than ever before. We’re fortunate that we have Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime to be able to see and hear those we love in real time. And I encourage you to ask those you love to tell you their favorite holiday memories. Just like me, you might hear things you’ve never known before. I’m all for any communication that helps me forge a more meaningful relationship with those I love.
Something I’ve started doing recently is to make little videos for Instagram. The one I uploaded a day or two ago was about my holiday podcast experience. It’s our connection to others that makes life worthwhile and for some of us it took a pandemic to slow us down enough to appreciate that. I used as a connecting example Star Trek: The Motion Picture produced in the 1970s with the cast of the original Star Trek series. The character of Spock was my favorite of that series because he was constantly struggling to find a balance between his Vulcan and human sides. In that movie he has an experience that answers the question which is better, logic or human emotions? What he finally realizes is that it’s in our heart-to-heart interactions that we have the ability to move beyond logic and experience something that transcends the world our minds have created. It’s in our human relationships that we have the chance to find heaven on earth. That’s what I want, to share love with others so I can see the face of God in them. And I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to deepen that feeling of love in my heart.
I’m going to keep this post short because it’s the end of the semester and I’ve got my final podcast to finish and schedule. This year, I’ve decided to slow down and enjoy our Christmas decorating, baking, movie watching and conversations with family, instead of stressing out about all that I need to get done. I hope you’ll do the same and take time to connect with those you love even if it’s only online.
Welcome new followers. Blessings to all of you for a heart nurturing Holiday season.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.