I always wrote; since I was a child. At the age of 21, I was blessed enough to live in Winnipeg with my Aunt Dolores/Godmother, while getting my career rolling, post college.
I secured employment with South Glen Insurance, selling home and auto insurance and as the outlet for Manitoba Public Insurance, was reportable to the Minister of Finance. It was a terrific first serious gig for me.
It was also a very important time for me emotionally. I moved to Manitoba to regroup. I was a very cerebral person, albeit a bit too sullen; trying to find my way. I digress..
My Aunt, who I have adored my whole life, encouraged me to talk to her, to open up to her. She was incredibly nurturing.
One night, while, spilling my guts to her and rather emotional, she said some very important words to me: “Brenda, if you feel it deeply – it is always worth hearing!”
Nobody had ever said that to me. I was 21 years old and never had it occurred to me that anyone would truly be interested in what I had to say. I recently had occasion to tell my Aunt, now 84 years old, the profound impact her words had on me.
It only occurred to me in the past few years, that she gave me the courage in a subliminal way, to give my thoughts words and to give wings to my words and at almost 61 years old, I am a published writer which translates into being brave enough to take rejection at times but also to celebrate freedom of expression.
To my Aunt… I thank you for what you do innately; you are an inspiring, nurturing soul.
My personal lesson. Be present to people who confide in you and choose carefully your words. If they come to you in earnest, listen…it could be something that they carry with them a lifetime!