Dear Linda

I’ve been in China the last three weeks and will have some blog posts related to that time soon. Until then, I wanted to share a post on transition that touched me. My family and I have walked deeply though this in the past years, and several friends are presently going through it. Even if you are not going through a transition as this writer describes, some of the thoughts may still speak to you.

Marilyn R. Gardner

rose-676760_1920In the middle of the night I got a message from my friend Linda that lives on the other side of the world. She is hurting. They left South Asia several years after we did. Her husband took a position that he finds fulfilling and satisfying. She however has struggled to find her place. She is lonely. The friendships she does have she holds onto tightly for fear that those friends will abandon her. She no longer knows who she is or what she has to offer.

It’s not the first such letter I’ve received. There was one eight or nine months ago from Lisa. Her family’s lease had been suddenly revoked. They were asked by their landlord to leave the acreage they (and others with them) had restored from a weed choked, overgrown plot of ruin to a luscious garden retreat space. Her heart was breaking too. How would…

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