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mary-mackenzie-150Today I got a handwritten card from someone who is visiting family in Ohio.  She wrote to tell me how much she appreciates my book Peaceful Living that was published in 2005.  Then, she mentioned that she was writing because she’d heard about the forest fires in Flagstaff and wanted me to know she was thinking about me and wishing me well.  I don’t know this person and don’t recall having any previous correspondence with her.

I am so touched by this card and the sentiment because of the community, care, and love I receive from it.  You know, sometimes I just go about my life and forget how many lives I touch just by living.  Do you ever feel as if what you’re doing isn’t making a difference?  Or, that you’re not making progress?

I have felt that way many, many times in my life.  And then today I get a card from someone in Ohio who tells me she’s thinking about me and appreciating my book and hoping I am safe.

I believe my role is to live each day in integrity with my values as best as I can.  To keep showing up for life valuing all needs, focused on the life in each of us, and committed to nonviolence.  When I do this I feel better about myself and I feel better about everyone who crosses my path.

I am so grateful to be reminded of this, and equally grateful to know that there are people thinking of me and wishing me well, even when I am not aware of it.  This helps bolster my commitment to live in NVC consciousness.

I write this now because I want to express gratitude and to let you know I’m thinking about you; whoever reads this, I’m thinking about you and sending love.

mary

Tags: compassion, NVC Consciousness

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    Carolyn Burr

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    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for this! Just a few minutes ago I sent a post to the forum regarding my solution to a seeming “jackal-problem”. My solution to not having given a spoken invitation to someone to visit again (jackals telling me I made a big stupid mistake)is to send a lovely handwritten card to him in which I will also again have the opportunity to tell him how much I enjoyed his visit. Not a jackal problem any more!
    Nice to hear how much you appreciated receiving a handwritten card from someone. Maybe we should all do this more often, instead of always emails.
    Thanks for telling me you’re thinking abou me and sending me love.
    Now I’m thinking about you and sending love to you.
    Warmly,
    Carolyn

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    beth

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    Hi Mary, It’s a wonderful feeling when you know that you touched positivily the life of someone conciously or uncouncially. I’ll share with you this story.One day I’ve got a letter from a student. She said in her letter that she’s sure I’m not going to remmmber her because she was a weak student and when she’s finished school she forgot everything except my smile and laugh .She asked me to keep smiling and laughing because this affects the psyche of the students and makes their day. Actaully when I read that I was surprised because I couldn’t remember this student and I guess she was lucky to see me smiling or laughing all the time according to her. Her letter really touched me and now I worked hard to keep smiling or making a joke before I begin my lesson. I think if someone touches your life you have to tell himher even if you thought you might be invisible for himher.
    thank you Mary for sharing.

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    beth

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    1. Hi Mary, It’s a wonderful feeling when you know that you touched positively the life of someone consciously or unconsciously. I’ll share with you this story. One day I’ve got a letter from a student. She said in her letter that she’s sure I’m not going to remember her because she was a weak student and when she’s finished school she forgot everything except my smile and laugh .She asked me to keep smiling and laughing because this affects the psyche of the students and makes their day. Actually when I read that I was surprised because I couldn’t remember this student and I guess she was lucky to see me smiling or laughing all the time according to her. Her letter really touched me and now I worked hard to keep smiling or making a joke before I begin my lesson. I think if someone touches your life you have to tell himher even if you thought you might be invisible for himher.
    thank you Mary for sharing.

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    Kevin Raum

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    Thanks, Mary.

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