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Happy Monday Everyone,

I woke up 3 nights ago in the middle of the night to a memory of Alice, a dear client/friend that has been gone for 12 years now. She lives forever in my heart. She was such an amazing lady and I am so grateful to her daughter in law, one of my dearest friends and her son for the gift of hiring me to work with her. She was a force to be reckoned with and I am so honored to have shared so many special years of her life.
The below is a true story.

Every time I hear the chimes on my phone, I see your face.
They rang everyday at the same time and was your reminder to take your medication.  Towards the end when life became such a struggle, I would turn to you and say “It’s God calling are you ready to go”?  You would smile and say “I’m getting there” and you didn’t even believe in God! 

You were so winded but day after day we walked and you made good improvements but with COPD, it became a losing battle.  As we climbed the hill, you were slower and we had to stop more often to rest.  
Watching your decline was hard and I so wanted to let you off the hook, but onward we trudged.  The chimes would go off and I would say “It’s God calling are you ready to go”? and we would chuckle.  As the stairs got too much and the hill too steep to climb, we would just walk on flat land.  The chimes would ring and I would say “It’s God calling are you ready to go”?  This time you would answer “Jesus, Joseph and Mary, yes”.  But still we walked.  Our walks turned into circles in the house and you commanded me to sit.  

I’ll never forget bringing Ram Dass’s book, “Still Here” and reading it to you and your beautiful face full of lines and expression and childlike wonder, would light up.  Sometimes we would walk a little and as time progressed it went from sitting with you to lying in your bed and reading Ram Dass’s book, and we would talk about death and dying and what it all meant.  When the chimes would ring I would say “It’s God calling are you ready to go”?  You would say “Hell yes, but keep reading”. Sometimes I was able to say “well it’s not time yet and I’m going to get fired if we don’t get up and one of your kids sees me lying in bed with you”.  We would laugh and cackle like school girls getting away with something.  You asked me to order that book for you and you read it everyday when you were by yourself. I was so impressed because here you were at 86 opening to new ways of thinking which you would have never entertained in your lifetime before. 

We took our sessions to the bed but I was still able to drag you out to move a little most days.  One day the chimes went off and I said  my usual “It’s God calling are you ready to go”? and you said “I’m so ready” and I too knew the days were drawing close.  I tried to help you up but so wanted to just let you stay in bed because it took all of your effort to get up, but I knew if you were around longer, you needed to be strong for your daily activities, so I helped you up.  You sat at the edge of the bed, looked me in the eyes and said “thank you for everything, I could never have done it without you.  You were here for my every need”. The room stood still, tears ran down my face, my heart burst open with happiness and sadness all at once.

When I left that day, I wanted to bake you a cheesecake;  The same one you gave me the recipe for and baked for me, but I was too busy that day, so I bought one instead and brought it with me the next day when I arrived.  You had stopped eating now because it was too much effort.  I told you to stick out your tongue and close your eyes and I put a drop of cheesecake on your tongue because it was your favorite. I actually lied and said I baked it for you and you shook your head and puckered up your face and said “no, this isn’t my cheesecake”.  We laughed but I felt so bad because I wanted to give you something sweet that you had given me in your last days but it seemed my presence of just laying with you,  reading and stroking your  head softly was the sweetness you actually needed.  I knew the end was near and I planned to spend the night with you and sleep in your bed but with 4 kids and a full client load to see, I fell asleep at home and never made it.

In the morning when I returned, I came into the house and I heard your phone ringing and you were in bed.  I said, “It’s God calling are you ready to go”?  
But you didn’t answer; you had already gone.   

I layed with you one last time and held you while I sobbed.  

And now when I hear the chimes I set on my phone everyday, I think of you and the memories we shared. I’m not ready to go yet but you’re the first one I want to see when God calls me.

(my dear friend, Alices Daughter in law actually called me in the morning to let me know she had made her transition and then I went over for my final closure). I am forever grateful for that call.

Copyright © Cindy GeorgakasAll Rights Reserved

Alice’s 85th Birthday whowing off our muscles and smiles. She was gorgeous!


 If you don’t know Ram Dass, he was formerly known as Richard Alpert and was a Harvard  Professor and psychologist who explored LSD and other hallucinogens Timothy Leary, a colleague. He traveled off to India and studied with Neem Karoli Baba (Hindi: नीम करौली बाबा) or Neeb Karori Baba (Hindi: नीब करौरी बाबा) (c. 1900 – 11 September 1973), known to his followers as Maharaj ji, was his Hindu guru and a devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman.

Ram Dass, also known as Baba Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author. He was given his name by his Guru. His best known book, “Be Here Now”, has been described as “seminal”, and helped popularize Eastern spirituality and yoga with the baby boomer generation in the West. Wikipedia

Born: April 6, 1931, Boston, MA

Died: December 22, 2019, Maui, HI

Full name: Richard Alpert

Be Here Now was one of the first books I remember reading on my spiritual path which one of the first of it’s kind and quite profound.
Still Here came after his stroke which is a story about dealing with loss of function and the challenge of now needing others to help him in the way he helped others. He also discovered his core root was still the same through his stroke and lived in grace.

Thanks for visiting today. Remember you are stronger than you know, blessed beyond measure and more sacred with every passing day. Life is a short journey, make everyday count as you never know when you will take your last breath. Reach out and touch someone.

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Blesssings,

💖

Cindy

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vaniheart
4 months ago

Awwww Cindy 💟💟💟 I don’t have any words to describe!!!! This made me emotional!!! You are so strong 💟💟💟
God bless you always

Offshorewriter
4 months ago

This is very painful to read Cindy. 😞😞 It’s good that you both have had some precious time together ❤️❤️. Thanks for sharing this today dear Cindy. It brings back the good old memories of my late friend. Isn’t that true that we need to meet them first when God calls us home?!

sloppy buddhist
4 months ago

Tender power Cindy and I’m a long time fan of Ram Dass…sending you joy for a beautiful day ~ hugs hedy 🤗❣️💫

Soni Cool😎
4 months ago

Oh my god, i just loved each and every line you wrote cindy💖💖 could not stop my tears 😑😑 so heart touching… I pray for her soul to rest in peace💖💖 its really biggest loss to loose someone nearer or close to heart…😒 Take care dear💖🤗

Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji
4 months ago

You are a strong fierce woman. Such power is indeed in every Women’s lives. Thank you for your continuous efforts to keep us motivated

Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

My greatest pleasure

rosidabegum
4 months ago

Oh, it’s painful but loving. Don’t know what to say only want to pray🙏🙏 Good to know more about Ram Dass..you always amazed your readers with something special. 🥰💕

rosidabegum
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

My most pleasure and thanks a lot for your so kind words.🌹💞😇

rosidabegum
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

💝💝

Nawazish
4 months ago

All the power to you Cindy!❤

gabychops
4 months ago

Dear Cindy, I just love your beautiful story! Thank you!

Joanna

Ingrid
4 months ago

Cindy, you just broke my heart and put it back together again with that story! 💔 ❤️ I think you are an Angel walking the earth to help people in need like this dear lady 🙏 so many people get pushed aside in their hour of need and you were there to make sure this didn’t happen to Alice! Happy International Women’s Day to you, you very special woman 😊

Lisa Mae ❤️
4 months ago

Oh Cindy… my eyes leaked as I read this sweet, sweet story. You were her Angel on earth to walk her home. Thank you so much for sharing! 💕💕💕

Lisa Mae ❤️
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

💕💕💕💕💕

Navin
4 months ago

What a painful & heartfelt post, dear Cindy ❤️ ✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

You’re welcome, dear Cindy….thanks for your kindness & having me in your thoughts 🙏✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

🙏✨🖤

K.L. Hale
4 months ago

Cindy, this post made me cry. For so many beautiful reasons it spoke to me. What a precious soul and friend you had and her memories are a spark and light in you. I’m very familiar with Ram Dass and his books and work. Eckhart Tolle helped me learn to be in “the present”. I love the spirit in others. And I’m so open to the many many ways God is present in our world and us. Keep on being you my friend. You’re a light! 💚💚💚

K.L. Hale
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

💚💛❤️ me too!

Curt Mekemson
4 months ago

A beautiful story Cindy. It speaks to your being a beautiful soul. –Curt

seankfletcher
4 months ago

That’s a lovely tribute, Cindy 😊🙏😊

Laleh Chini
4 months ago

Happy woman’s day, sweetheart.❤️

Laleh Chini
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

❤️❤️❤️

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
4 months ago

What a beautiful story, Cindy! <3 Very heartfelt. Thank you for sharing this. <3

Ladysag77
4 months ago

What a story of connection, kindness and love for the human spirit that connects all of us. What a kindred relationship you were both able to share, the picture speaks a thousand words about the bond between you both. How very endearing and lovely. You celebrated your special friend here which is so beautiful Cindy. What a blessing!
I also love the work of Ram Dass and how his teaching and life experience have touched millions, including my own. Wonderful post to kick off the week my dear❤🎆🙌🌠😊

Jonathan Caswell
4 months ago

Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
and a true story!

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

I do see that! Praise God for YOU! <3 <3 <3 <3

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

<3 MAYBE I SHOULD INVITE YOU…TO MY FACEBOOK CHAT WINDOW! AS USUAL, I SET IT UP BEFORE RUELHA SAID YES…OR ANYTHING! I HAVE THE LINK HERE SOMEWHERE…IF YOU ARE INTERESTED?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

I shut it down earlier today—Ruelha had no time for it. And I guess that was my final straw. Dad was hurt. Better now—I bawled a while and put my experience and feelings into poems and came back to my senses. And took a nap. WHEN-? i CAN SET THINGS BACK up , comb my hair and send you the link in minutes. Or not—you decide,

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

THANKS! IT’S GOOD TO FIND SOMEONE TAKING ME SERIOUSLY AND UNDERSTANDING! <3 i AM SAYUNG,,,I'LL PUT UP THE LINK ABD SET UP MY SETUP JUST FOR YOU, AT YOUR CONVENIENCE!

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

WHAT WILL YOU LOOK FOR?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

https://msngr.com/dzlyxbnuqpiu GOT TIME TO TALK?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Got any time tonight or tomorrow?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

TTHEN…O’D BETTER GET THINGS UP AND RUNNING TOMORROW—ANY PARTICULAR TIME PERIODS OF HIGHER PROBABILITY?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

OH I’M NEW AT THIS…COPY IT ONTO YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE—?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

SOUNDS LIKE I’M TOO LATE NOW!

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

SO—I POT IT UP—AND LEAVE IT OPEN FOR WHOEVER…AND STAY NEARBY IN CASE SOMEBODY SHOWS UP?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

I THINK SO. Y’M WALKING BLIND HERE. SOO—I’LL GO PUT IT UP AGAIN. 😀

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

SHE’S IN HER QUIET PERIOD…AND I MISS HER!

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

THANK YOU! “D

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

:DD

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

IN OTTHER WORDS////.OVE MY WIFE AND FORGET ALL THIS OTHER FOOLISHNESS—IS THAT WHAT YUOU;RE SAYING?

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

OKAYY.

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Right back at ya! <3

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

see other comment–just tell me when—i shut it down after discussion with Rue, who didn’t have any time at all for it.

Valerie Cullers
4 months ago

So precious Cindy….what a time you had with her and what sweet emotional memories you have. Love hurts when it is taken from us but what would we do without it?

Angela Reinertson
Angela Reinertson
4 months ago

This is so beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks for sharing❤️

Jeff Flesch
4 months ago

What a beautiful story, Cindy. So much love, compassion, and hope. Touched me deeply. ❤️❤️❤️

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Welcome, Cindy. Indeed, I did. ❤

akshita1776
4 months ago

This is bittersweet. You’ve left me speechless. Such hauntingly beautiful lines. Touched me deeply. All the power to you!

akshita1776
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Its always my pleasure 😊
And happy women’s day to you as well❤

ChallEngEr
4 months ago

Yes, I can still feel your pain. but also true friends words💗

Nathi
4 months ago

My heart feels heavy after reading your post…..sending you lots of love and hugs, Cindy❤️

thelonelyauthorblog
4 months ago

There are people in life that leave indelible imprint in our hearts.
This post touched my heart.
🌹

short-prose-fiction
4 months ago

Cindy, this post touched my heart profoundly. I shed tears and then I smile. You are the Queen of the souls. Sending love.

short-prose-fiction
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

My pleasure Cindy. You are great. You inspire us and you radiate love.
🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
4 months ago

Cindy, what a lovely tribute to your special friend .she sounds like an amazing woman so glad you were able to share so much love and admiration with her. It is so special for the person making their transition and also such a gift to be with the person at that time to witness a peace that surpasses all understanding. I think it helps to obliterate our own fear of leaving this earthly body.as you so aptly know “the gift is in the giving “.thank you for sharing your beautiful heart ❤️

Carax&VanNuys
4 months ago

It’s a wonderful thing that the two of you have found each other, Cindy. And hopefully you’ll find each other again. 🌸

VVN

Carax&VanNuys
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

That’s true as well. 💖💖💖

VVN

Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
4 months ago

Now that’s a beautiful and touching story. I chucked and smiled through the story imagining Alice being a bit spunky. Even in the end, her wit and charm came through about the cheesecake. On the other hand, your actions throughout the story also touched me. Well done, Cindy …. and thanks for sharing.

Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

🙂

Kumar Harsh
4 months ago

It’s painful to not feel the presence that once was so close to you. I can understand and know how it must fee losing someone so close to the heart Cindy. Maybe she’s in a better place. 😇

LughLana
4 months ago

So beautifully written ❤️

thereluctantpoet
4 months ago

Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

thereluctantpoet
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, Cindy! Have a great day!! xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

rothpoetry
4 months ago

What a very touching and heartfelt story. Your care and compassion is very special and i am sure appreciated by all you touch!
Dwight

PoojaG
4 months ago

This was such a touching post. Some people truly leave a mark on your life.

K E Garland
4 months ago

This is beautiful.

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
4 months ago

Touching is right, Cindy. I was on the verge of tears reading your words about this lovely soul. What a difference you made in each others’ lives. Blessings to you, my friend. 🌞

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Likewise! 💕🌞

Marsha
4 months ago

Such a poignant story, Cindy. I have tears in my eyes reading it. Such love and devotion. I can see that your friend was such a force. How lovely.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Thanks for posting. 🙂

Introverted Thoughts
4 months ago

Aw..Cindy, this is just so heartfelt; it’s that kind of sad beauty that leaves you thinking and grateful for all the kind souls out there. Thank you so much for sharing! ❤️❤️

Introverted Thoughts
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

Absolutely! My pleasure!💖

Keith
4 months ago

Cindy, I am late to the game here, but what a lovely remembrance and picture of you two. The smiles tell it all. I think many will react well to how you remember her, as I did. Thanks for sharing this. All the best. Keith

A Star on the Forehead
4 months ago

Hi Cindy,
For some reason I thought I had commented on this but never did.
What a beautiful tribute! And beautiful post!
The only certainty we have in life is death. Ready or not, one day our time is up 🙁
Ram Dass is one of my favorites!
Wishing you a blessed weekend! ♥♥

Gottfried
4 months ago

Don’t make me emotional again. Thanks

North Omaha Writers Group
2 months ago

I enjoyed this Thank you for sharing your experience you had with Alice you guys relationship was beautiful.

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