First time I recall meeting her … we were interviewing her for a job. She arrived dressed like one of Mattel’s Barbie dolls. ‘Travel Barbie’ if my memory serves me correctly. 🙂
It was priceless … watching my boss try to seriously navigate the interview process in order to determine “Barbie’s” professional suitability for the position of a Parenting & Family Coach in our agency. Between her engaging giggles, this light hearted soul in the long dark wig explained she had just come from her daughter’s Halloween party at school … and … things had gone longer than expected. She didn’t have time to go home and change, so … she came as she was. It was a daring choice, leaving her wide open for unfavorable first impressions and/or critical judgment …
It didn’t matter … her good heart shone right through the costume. And she got the job. And she deserved it. And better yet, we got her! And we have never been more fortunate, because not only is she phenomenal in her work, but she is one of the most loving, kind-hearted people to ever grace this planet.
You FEEL the sweetness of her good heart in her presence. She reflects ‘loving-kindness’ as clearly as the sunshine bouncing off the facets of a brilliant diamond. Her sparkle is undeniable and people are simply drawn to her bright and joyous spirit. And she is so darn funny. Oh my gosh, her presence in our workplace sparks sheer delight. When I worked alongside her, it felt like we laughed as hard as we worked. Sometimes more.
Her real name is Kimmy … and yes, I thoroughly enjoy her existence in my world. In fact, she so effortlessly draws people into her circle that she has “a team.” I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but I felt a little jealous … at first … when she spoke of the group of women in her life who were always there for each other … steadfastly rallying for one another at the drop of a hat. At one point, I remember feeling like I got gypped because she had a team and I didn’t.
But then … if you wait long enough, the Universe always explains. You see, our Kimmy was going to need a team. She was going to need solid, reliable and unwavering support because … some brutal things were going to be laid before her … including the tragic loss of a child. On June 8, 2011 her precious son, Brett, transitioned to another realm after an unforeseeable accident …
When Kimmy’s son passed over, she invited me to be on her team. And I was so deeply honored to be included, because when someone is going through the fires of hell, you just want to help. But you have no clue how. Kimmy was good enough to guide us. And she gifted us with responsibilities. And it felt so good to be able to support her in a meaningful way. She requested that each member of her team carry out specific tasks that best honored our unique skills, talents and strengths … e.g., the organized ones screened phone calls and scheduled appointments; the ones with culinary gifts made food; the ones who liked writing helped her put words to what was in her heart for the eulogy; and so on.
Yes … and then … this amazing woman stood before us and inspired a community center filled with people while she delivered her son’s eulogy herself. And she inspired us with both her tender, touching message and her innate flair for presentation. Her beautiful humor shone through to our hearts and we smiled and we cried and we felt it all. We felt the indescribable ache in her tattered and torn heart. Yes we did. And we felt the sheer beauty of her sweet soul … reaching clear down into our own … inviting us to join her in celebration of the blessings and miracles her son had gifted not only to her – but also to so many others.
And she has been honoring her own healing process by openly, honestly and vulnerably sharing her spiritual journey with others. She lovingly reminds us on a Facebook page entitled “Shift Happens” that although ‘sh*t happens’ to all of us … we can use it to transform/shift our lives in favorable ways. I hope you will make a little time to explore the unpretentious wisdom she has gleaned from her own experiences and allow it to lighten any darkness in your days and/or bring solace to any tender parts of your own soul. I, myself, have been deeply moved by her brilliant insights and heartfelt sharing.
Kimmy, I want you to know that my life has been infinitely better because of you … both personally and professionally. You warm my heart on a regular basis. And because of you, I did some team building! I invited people to be on my team! It strikes me that everyone should have a team to help them through the bumpiest part of their paths. Thank you for inspiring that. I could go on and on highlighting the countless ways you have brightened my world just by being you … but at this particular moment … I feel more inclined to use the rest of this space to extend an invitation.
A little while ago, Kimmy’s husband Greg was diagnosed with cancer. And although he has been well on his way to a return to good health, I can only begin to imagine how vulnerable one feels on the heels of that kind of news. I invite whoever is reading these words to join me in continuing to hold space for Greg’s optimal well-being. I invite those of you who have just met Kimmy through this blog to join those of us who already know her, Greg and their lovely daughter Taylor by energetically wrapping them all up in a warm blanket of love and light. You can just never get enough of that kind of thing … 🙂
Kimmy …. may your whole family feel the tingles of love in these heartfelt intentions and may you intuitively sense our unwavering support in every breath you take … for now and always.
I love you bunches … Karen
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