“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion.  These three things are your greatest treasures.”  – Lao Tzu

One of the first things I do, after the day has a rhythm, is to open my Email.  Today one entry offered very sad news, news that breaks my heart. News that reminds me of Tzu’s quote.

A friend, Kay, has been moved to Hospice; and it seems that there is little hope of a recovery.  I am beyond sad; for this is a woman who has had compassion for many, myself included.  But more than that, she added the simplistic joy of teaching me how to grieve the death of my mother; and, she gave to me tools that I would use eight years later when one of our son died so unexpectedly.  Kay  understood the importance of patiently waiting on others as they wander through a grief process to find the light at the end of the tunnel.  Sitting here now and writing to  you, I wonder how many there are who can offer this to another…  Kay did.  What a woman!


Right now we all pray or lift up or whatever good thing we can from our souls to find our place as Kay leaves us.  She is “packing” right now.  And she takes with her the things of life she gave to others:  the simplicity of life she offered to others in love, the Patience to wait on those who stupidly wander our path to find joy though her words and listening skill, and the compassion of one who is always two steps ahead of all of our troubles and waiting for us with her open arms of love and light.  Blessings abound for her, when she arrives on the other side!

May we live on and learn from her example.


Carolyn Thomas Temple