In 1986, a friend of mine attended a month long workshop led by Virginia Satir, a pioneer in the field of family therapy. My friend was not a therapist, he went to the workshop solely to work on his own personal issues. At that point in time, I was deep into my own personal therapy and was thinking about becoming a psychotherapist myself.
As I heard him talk about being with Satir, I felt jealous. I wanted that experience for myself! I would do it too……yes I would……but not now. After all, I was raising two children, I was working, I was doing my own personal therapy, and I was in school studying for a PhD. In other words, I had responsibilities. I was too busy now, but later, I would attend her workshop. That opportunity was important, and I was going to take advantage of it.
Then the unthinkable happened. On September 10, 1988, she died. As strange as it may seem, I never had considered the possibility that she might die. I had wanted to do something and I was going to do it. I felt shocked and sad. My opportunity was gone, gone forever. There was nothing I could do to have that experience.
Nine months later I met Amma. Through her, I reconnected with my spiritual self and I experienced joy at a level I never thought possible. I knew I wanted to spend as much time with Amma as I could and after my recent experience with Virginia Satir, there was NO way I was going wait until LATER. Six weeks from the time I met Amma, I was at her retreat in New Hampshire and six months from that, I was in India. I have participated in her U.S programs every year since then, and have made 25 trips to her ashram in India besides.
I fully believe I had the experience with Virginia Satir so that I could learn an important lesson. It is one I have kept in mind ever since.
Never put off something important until tomorrow. There may not be a tomorrow.
Written for Writing 101 Assignment #15: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever. How does that make you feel?
8 thoughts on “Never put off to tomorrow……”
I totally understand this. Of all my first husband’s relatives, I liked his grandmother the most. We lived about a two hour drive from her in Florida and one weekend I told her that we would visit her “soon”. I mean I was twenty-one, had three children under three, and my husband was out to sea… two hours was a long trip. She died two days later. It was about then I knew that there was no such thing as “soon” or “later”, and the beginning of my trip to living in the Now.
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I like that you relate it to living in the now.
Karuna, I’m reminded in your post of something that was said in Conversations with God. Only through experiencing the opposite of something can we truly know the thing when we encounter it. I can tell that your story fits that model. I believe that much of what has come before in my life is for this purpose as I go forward now.
I like that way of thinking about it. Thanks!
Thanks so much!
Thank you for the reminder, Karuna.
You are very welcome!