Sousan Robinson
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Note from the author:  I wrote this in preparation for our upcoming parent group meeting focused on gratitude, because I am often able to write better than I speak.

There is a quote I love by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, she said:

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depth. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

I think you are all beautiful people and maybe your suffering, our suffering, has helped us become more compassionate and loving than we may have been without it.

A while ago I heard a sermon about how God gives us breadcrumbs – when I speak of God I am not referring to a man in the sky that is separate from us – I mean a presence, a power, a higher consciousness that we all emanate from. I believe that presence is always with us – not in some of us – all of us – each of our children. Where our children are, God is.

The speaker said, look for the breadcrumbs in your life. You are being led. Find the breadcrumbs and follow them – they will lead to your unfoldment, to your highest good. I pray every day for God to give me breadcrumbs that I can clearly see and understand. I pray for the courage to follow those breadcrumbs. Each of you, this group, is a breadcrumb. I know it because I feel it deep within me. I am grateful for each of you, for the whole of this group. I know you will teach me, support me, love me. And that is how I will survive, moment by moment, by moment.

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