Linda possessed so much "Lady" that she was willing to give away as much "Lady" as any woman would accept. I was fortunate to watch her and listen to her long enough to know that I had reached the point in my life that I was ready to possess the kind of "Lady" that Linda possessed within her. It was over ten years ago that I met this beautiful soul in a meeting room we both attended. She had attended for many years longer than I had and it was apparent from our intrduction that she GOT IT! She took the message delivered in our meetings and applied them to her life. She smiled with gratitude as she would speak lovingly about the women around us. I listened, perhaps for the first time in my life, to what she had to say about the "joy" in her life, about how much "joy" it gave her to see other women healing; she talked lovingly about each moment in time as if it were a fragile and delicate petal of a flower. LInda herself was that delicate flower.
I was fortunate enought for her to agree to sponosr me and my life direction. She trudged alongside me through pitfalls, death and failure. She lifted me high at triumphs, life and success! She knew I could make it even when I completely disagreed. But because she believed, I believed too. She taugt me what it took to be a "Lady". Any resemblance of lady within me, came from the gift of her sharing who she was and how she walked through life with grace and style.
"Let's talk about God." she said to me in the earliest of our conversations. "Ok. He's cool!" I replied. Linda laughed and there began our conversations about how loving and caring our God was and I talked about how understanding my God was and we both shared in our love of our God. She assured me without doubt that she would be walking alongside God and those who have gone before her. And the greatest part was her telling me that she was strangely excited to meet Jesus. I could feel it! I could feel her "JOY" at this thought. I could see it in her face until her final hours. She knew she was going to meet Jesus and her pain in life, the sins of the world and her cancer would all be gone. Because of her, I know it to be true. I also know that Jesus has a Lady walking at His side today. I pray that I can be the "Lady" she taught me to be and carry what portions of her kindred spirit she gave to me, on to others.
Here's to the "Lady" who gave me the Lady in me. God hold this Lady in serenity into eternity. Until we meet again my precious friend, I'll continue to trudge the Road of Happy Destiny One Day at A Time knowing it's NOT all about me!
My Prayers, Love and Sympathy to LInda's family and friends.