Some people only join you for a very small part of your journey in life. Lovelybloke can keep the name, for it fits, even though he no longer walks with me. He will be remembered fondly for because of him, my house is now toasty year round and there is a hare on my bathroom window sill. Of course the parting brought sadness but what I've encountered in my working life this week puts things in perspective. Loss after decades of loving partnership, or even worse severe mental illness caused by relationships steeped in years of bitterness and resentment.
Lovelybloke also helped me to see the wood for the trees in terms of restoring work-life balance . There's been a sea change. For the first time in perhaps a couple of years my work laptop and papers remained in the office this weekend. There is time again, some of which I'm using to strenghten my meditation practice. Here's something from Eckhart Tolle, my new virtual best friend, on relationships. He articulates so well ideas that I started to formulate myself after the breakdown of my marriage five years ago.
And so I have space. Isn't it said that nature abhors a vacuum? I'm curious to see who or what might fill it.