Transitioning to the other side is something I’m thinking about right now as my good friend, Margie Friedman, passed over into the light this morning on her 60th birthday.
This photo is of me and Margie last Labor Day weekend at a conference in Boca. She was diagnosed in May 2015 of a very rare form of leukemia. When this photo was taken, she was still awaiting her stem cell transplant. She was having a good spell during this conference.
We roomed together and she was up later than I was! She didn’t want to miss anything or anyone!
I talked with Margie last on my birthday, July 8th, when she called me to wish me a happy birthday. She was always thinking of others and through her illness, was forced to learn how to receive. She taught so many lessons to lots of us, through her illness and how she approached it.
She found out in January that even with the stem cell transplant, she still had cancer cells in her body.
Margie fought a good fight, calling the chemo her “living juice”, staying optimistic a good deal of the time.
I am feeling so sad today, and yet knowing that Margie is at peace now and not needing to battle this disease any longer, helps me to feel a bit better. Margie’s smile, attitude, energy and the light she gave to this world, will be missed by me and many others.
So, as I was talking with Hale the other evening after hearing that Margie was non-responsive, I shared that I am not afraid of leaving this body, this life as I know it. I have a knowing that where we go to when we leave is a much better place. That’s what really helps me with my human emotions today about not being able to talk with or see Margie here on earth again.
Margie and I are part of a very special family, our DLC family out of South Florida. We were all part of a year long business/life class, called DLC, founded by Kellie Kuecha. We all bonded like I never have in any other class. I was the only person in the class that lived outside of Florida. I flew back to Florida 6 times between September 2014 to September 2015, to attend our retreats.
I feel because in the last 3-4 months before our year together was up, Margie became ill, she became like a glue that held us together, I believe at a much deeper level. Life is so precious and none of us has a guarantee of when we will leave here. When we will transition to the other side.
I will go back to what I talk about often, and that is to slow down, pay attention to those around us and to ourselves, and appreciate at a level you haven’t before. Go on your “rampages of appreciation” as I’ve talked about in other blogs.
So, with that said, I know Margie appreciated and loved deeply. Her new business she was beginning when she became ill, was called Letting Go Freely. Today my friend, I respect your choice to let yourself go freely on your milestone 60th birthday. I love you Margie and I’m so glad you’ve been a part of my life for the last 5 years!
Here’s Margie’s Letting Go Freely website if you want to read more about what she did before she became ill: http://www.lettinggofreely.com
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Sending all of you blessings and hope you will stop and appreciate people and things in your life consciously every day. Learn to be kind!