The theme today is "hospitality." Christine says of this, that we are "...meant to extend this hospitality within ourselves and seek out the stranger who knocks within on our hearts - that part of ourselves that has been neglected or shut out. This inner and outer act of hospitality are intimately connected. As we grow in compassion for the places within which challenge us, we are able to extend that compassion toward others."
This is very apt for today. XDO is getting married today in my little church. And yes, I am one of the clergy who will be extending the words of blessing upon their happy little heads. It is a good thing this wedding. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because it brings us full circle, XDO and I. To a new and good place in this journey of us....in these lives that have run in courses that have twined and intersected and now gone their (sort of) separate ways. I have learned much from these last fifteen years. For one thing, clearly XDO and I should be with the people we are with now, and NOT with each other! But I also learned so much about myself being in and leaving that relationship. One of the biggest lessons was just what the quote above talks about....accepting that part of myself that has been shut out and neglected. In saying goodbye to XDO and that relationship I said hello to Kate in a whole new way. It was scary and it was new and it was radical. But as I began to develop compassion for myself, it was so clear that there was no way that my true self could ever survive and thrive in what was so clearly not working...really for either of us.
Some people think it is strange that I am marrying my ex....to someone else of course! But to me it feels like the good thing, the right thing...yes the hospitable thing to do. It is clear that C and J are as good a fit for each other as R and I are to each other. They are able to enhance each other and bring things out in each other that we could not do. I have an acceptance of C now that I could not have when we were together, and truly do celebrate and bless this union. So off we go to the wedding wishing much joy to the DO who now belongs to another....with my blessings.