When I distributed my Transformation Cards, I was asked by my grandson if I was not honoring negative emotions since the cards were all about getting happy? This writing is to help with that question. The dialogue is open and I invite your feedback.
Last weekend, Paul and I had a delightful trip back to our home territory in Corpus Christi, TX. All Saints Episcopal Church sponsored a “Marj Barlow Academy” and I was privileged to work with a large friendly audience on Friday night and Saturday morning, delivering my version of Strengths psychology. We were totally loved and our buckets were filled to the brim by these wonderful friends, most of them from the long road of life, and some new ones who are also very much treasured. I brought home a literal bucket and dipper gift. The bucket was filled with nuggets of hand written drops of appreciation and love. Wow! It can’t get better than that. I am in awe of the power of love. Gayle Gottlich said it well, “We are just gonna love on you and Paul.” AND THEY DID! From the first encounter with Father Jonathan Wickham, a true servant leader, to the last lunch with the leadership team, we were warmly loved and blessed.
From Marj, Your Pocket Grandmother,
Cindy Sullivan is one of my favorite writers. She happens to also be a member of my Women’s Wisdom Group, so I asked her permission to post this latest essay. Enjoy!
CATS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
At 65, I still don’t know what to do with my life, but meanwhile, I am feeding abandoned cats, transforming the world one cat at a time.
My children are my real legacy. They are the most unique, individual, incredible group of human beings that you could ever imagine. They are creative, inventive, resourceful, reliable, responsible, loving, fun and thousands of other positive adjectives. I have not blogged much about them but I decided to leave them my best ideas as a legacy that they may or may not accept. I must also add that we have four amazing great grandchildren, who call me GiGi, for Great-grandmother. I love being grandmother to two grandsons and one granddaughter and great grandmother to four children of tomorrow.
REVIEWING IMAGO PRINCIPLES, SKILLS, AND PRACTICES
The best method I ever found for my work with families, couples, and all relationships was the one called “Imago” (Latin word for image). The theory was developed by Harville Hendrix and its growth and continuation has been enhanced by his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt. This couple has been transparent over these many years, allowing us to learn and grow from their experience as a committed couple, devoted to healing and evolutionary expansion.