A few days ago I learned that Rev. Pattie has accepted a position to be the senior minister of the Huntington Beach Center for Spiritual Living. While my heart is overjoyed for her to have this new adventure, it is a little sad too.
The other night, lying in bed and trying to quiet my thoughts so I could drift off to sleep, sadness filled my heart as I thought of her not being physically present at our Center.
“Allow the feelings to come and just sit with them without judgment,” Pattie has said to me. So I did. An unexpected tear dropped to my pillow.
As I laid there in the silence, I heard, “Just ask yourself…what’s mine to do?” Pattie’s wisdom guiding me.
For the past 15 years, she’s mentored me and countless others at our Center with her compassion, wisdom, love and bright light.
“If you can recognize it in someone else, then it must be present in you too,” she has said to me more times than I can count, and it brings me comfort. I realize that her wisdom is a part of me now. It’s in so much of what I say, do and believe.
Yes…I know…there will be lunch dates and happy hour get-togethers. She’s not going far. Pattie will just be a phone call or text away. And…our Youth Center’s walls are painted in her consciousness and light. “I raise and praise every classroom,” she would tell me.
For me, this love letter is the first step in conscious completion. If you don’t know, every June Pattie reminds the parents in her Parent Forum to honor the passing of another school year. Celebrate the successes, acknowledge where we can do better, but above all honor the stages, phases, and experiences that are concluding.
In my view, Pattie is graduating. She’s earned this new position and I know she is the perfect right person, in the perfect right place, at the perfect right time. And we, all of us, are forever blessed by the time we shared at our Center.
I love you Pattie!! Go out there and “live your Divine Purpose, on purpose.” xoxo