Enjoying life, off the hamster wheel
This evening I lit 4 candles…
Last year in August, while doing the Kindness Flag Project at the Youth World Climbing Championships in Victoria, I met a wonderful woman named Meesha. She had that energy that just made you feel good around her – vibrant, spirited, strong, energetic, independent, cheerful. She was productive, a woman who had many irons in many fires. She had a small stand where she was selling things she had made. Her daughter helped her, had a similar personality and was really easy to talk to, and she was 11. Meesha also walked dogs, loved animals, hiked, catered, helped people happily and willingly where and when she could. She was unreserved, laughed easily, was passionate and a great story teller.
I took to her immediately.
Today, Meesha is no longer with us. She passed away suddenly and tragically on Feb. 13, 2014 saving her beloved dog. Her dog ran out onto a busy street and Meesha ran after her and was hit by a car. She leaves behind her young daughter, Ruby.
I lit 4 candles this evening: One for Meesha as she transitions through the between. One for her daughter for warmth in the cold of tragic consequences, and for light to pierce the darkness with clarity and wisdom. One for Meesha’s family and friends, to give them strength in their journeys as they help Ruby while seeking comfort for their own grief. And one for all the animals Meesha has loved and cared for, and all the animals that will continue to benefit from her love through the seeds of compassion she planted in people.
There will be a memorial for her on Saturday, March 15, at St. Ann’s Auditorium in Victoria. Doors open at 1:30pm and the proceedings will begin promptly at 2:00pm. Reception to follow.