I just wanted to send a note and give thanks for you on your
special day. What you have done for me is unexplainable. I will
do my best to put into words how truly grateful I am, but know
this, words arent deep enough when it comes to how truly
grateful and appreciative I am for your presence in my life.
When I first came to you, I felt hopeless. I honestly just thought
that I would come and find a way to deal with my depression
and my hopeless feelings. That you would be able to teach me
how to fake it and just push through them. What I received from
you (and thankfully I allowed it in to my consciousness) was
much, much more. The first time I heard your story, I thought,
well she must be nuts! I dont see how you could go through
all of that depression and suicidal stuff and come out happy.
Your happiness must be fake right?
was I wrong!! Everyday, and in every way Rhoda, you are a positive
example to me of how I can, if I choose to, live my life in a
fuller, more active, and more aware way than I EVER have before.
And who knew, its not a front!
You have been a light to me, a shining example of the bad not
being so bad, and the good being even better than I imagined.
I am eternally thankful. You have shown me just how important
I am to myself, my family, my friends and my loved ones. That
regardless of the internal struggle, I am loved beyond means,
and that I truly bring something to the table that people need
and want. You have allowed me to realize my passion for service,
how important it is for me that I am in a career that loves
and serves others, whether it be serving coffee or sharing in
a meeting. I am loved, loving and lovable. Thanks to all you
have taught me, I know this as fact today. You have also helped
me to realize my deep love for animals. One of the things that
originally kept me coming back was that I got to socialize with
all your awesome animals, and I felt comfortable knowing that
you were also an animal lover and a teacher through those who
love us unconditionally. I have learned so much from all of
the wonderful animals in my life in the past 3 years, especially
my sweet Bella and Zig Zig.
I have grown beyond my wildest dreams in our small groups. It
makes me feel so connected to the core of life, why were all
here. We are all just working through life, not letting life
work through us. Not being a victim, but instead finding a way
to live through our experiences and find lessons and means of
service through them. Your leading of these groups has helped
me grown in tremendous ways. I am so thankful for our small
group of Tracy, Keith, LaVonne, and Celia.
You truly believe in what you teach, and I know thats
what makes you such a great teacher. I came to you hating God,
hating myself, and hating my situation. My relationships in
all of these areas have improved dramatically because you showed
me that its not the situations reacting to me, but me
reacting to the situations. Thankfully I have control over those
reactions. I now know an amazing new God, one who loves me,
regardless of my sinful nature, who is not human, and who doesnt
have sick thinking, like I still do sometimes. He is bigger
than anything, he is my army in times of battle be it against
myself or against others in my life who may upset me. He is
such a gracious God, father and author of my life. Thank you
for re-introducing me to him. I am so thankful. Yaweh Saboath.
I move on in this next step in my life, I feel so ready. I feel
so prepared. A large part of this readiness is due to what you
have done for me these past few years. Through all that I have
endured, good and bad, you have been an outstanding co-pilot.
Walking into your living room on that sunny day in Sept 2010,
I had no idea what kind of gift you were about to give me, and
what gift I was going to allow myself to receive.
My journey with you these past 3 years has been nothing short
of a miracle, and I am eternally thankful for your love, support,
guidance, direction, uncondition-ality, positive example, and
true spiritual passion for service. You have helped me change
my life beyond anything I could have imagined. Thank you, Rhoda.
Have the happiest of birthdays. I love you so much.