Friday, 22 October 2010

Soul Skills

DAY 97

This morning, I met friend/teacher/ mentor, Paul Goudsmit for a cuppa and a catchy up. This may sound a bit melodramatic, but this man helped saved my life. Let me explain. I first met Paul in 1996 in Downtown Toronto at a lecture by Duane Okane. Paul encouraged me to attend a 3 day workshop called The Awakening which I did - and it transformed my life. Years of guilt and shame, pain and suffering were brought to the light and for the first time in 27 years, I was able to see beyond the darkness.

Paul  is a shining example of what it means to be a teacher of God. He reminds me of the importance of living freely in the here and now. He  has unwavering faith in the power of Love.

When Paul says hello, he means it; he is genuinely happy to see me - his eyes fill up with tears, he grins cheekily, laughs wholeheartedly and gives me the biggest hug. He is passionate and full of joy.

The next couple of hours were packed with laughter and tears. Paul attended a doctors appointment with me ( I wanted to inform the doctor that I only had 97 imaginary days left to live ) but after sitting for 30 minutes in the waiting room, discussing the importance of forgiveness, we were informed that the doctor was on holiday in Blackpool.  

So, we had lunch at the deli instead. Flirty was there, and sold Paul a jar of cheap fine cut lime marmalade- which he intended to take back to Canada as a gift for his beloved Jane. It was only when we left the deli that we both realized, the marmalade would probably not make it through customs. (You may find this hard to believe, but some individuals enjoy making deadly explosives and disguising them as  fine cut lime marmalade. It's a bit daft really, because fine cut lime marmalade was originally intended to spread on toast. ) 

Paul didn't seem thrilled at the the thought of having his backside searched by a butch woman wearing latex gloves, and decided to leave the marmalade behind on the station platform.  

I waved my friend farewell, and left the station, clutching the jar of fine cut lime marmalade. Due to the marma dilemification, I  forgot to take a snapshot of us, hanging out together, So, here is a portrait of the fine cut lime marmalade instead...

I would like to take a moment and acknowledge Paul Goudsmit for having the courage to live his spiritual purpose; for always being forgiving, and ready to help me forgive, and above all else for being a true friend. The world is a brighter place with Paul in it.

'Friendship should not be taken lightly. it is as sacred a commitment as any other; our friends are sent by God, for us to help them and for them to help us.' - Marianne Williamson

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