Kindred Spirits

Lillie Fuller

Kindred Spirits

Lillie Fuller
Last night I had trouble sleeping.  It wasn't bad trouble, I wasn't restless nor did I have a lot on my mind. I just kept thinking about a friend I had who died several years ago. I always felt she was my kindred spirit. Her name was Bette and she was probably the kindest, gentlest person I've ever known in my life. When she passed, I wrote and read something at her rosary that was all about having a kindred spirit and what one is. I wish I would have kept a copy of it where I could read it now.

The Urban Dictionary reads, Kindred Spirits are two people that make a special connection by sharing a bond that has joined them by the means of an experience that has drawn them together on a higher level of consciousness. This connection can be from the same experience at the same time or two separate experiences similar in nature.

Dictionary.com reads, a person who shares beliefs, attitudes, feelings, or features with another; also called kindred soul.

Since Bette's death, I haven't felt that way about any friend or anyone I've come in contact with.

be-511555_640Last night in After Caregiving chat with @denise and @marfromwi, I shared a part of my past which I consider to be dark. I purposely don't open up about it because people are also so quick to judge. I don't even know the topic of our conversation last night but before I knew it I was baring my soul, telling my deepest secrets. And I wasn't judged, I was listened to and encouraged. I felt so clean and fresh after. I felt loved.

My point is, we all go through so much, we've all loved and we've all lost. We are connected here because we are Family Caregivers, we were Family Caregivers, or both. We should have a mutual respect for each other. We may not all agree with each other's method of caregiving but we we don't bash each other.

It is so wonderful to be a part of all this. I know I say it all the time, but I don't feel I say it enough. I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate you all, how you've made me feel good and those of you who know my stories have listened and encouraged without judging. Like I told @denise and @marfromwi last night, I've been through some stuff in my life but all I've ever wanted to do was be a good person.

So, the reason I couldn't sleep was because I was awake thinking about kindred spirits, about how long it's been since I have felt the closeness, the sameness, the wonderful loving feeling of having a kindred spirit. I woke up feeling I had slept a very peaceful sleep!

Thank you my friends!

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EllysGdaughter

What a wonderful testimony to having peace after sharing what was on your heart Lilly. I think we all have things we don't share with just anyone but when we find that moment and it all \"gushes\" out, there is a kind of peace that happens especially when it is shared with Kindred Spirits! Thanks for sharing!

yolanda

I want to thank you <a href='http://www.caregiving.com/members/lillie/' rel=\"nofollow\">@lillie</a> for being here for all of us. You are treasured. :D

jan

Preach it, Lillie.