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With Jim at Lake Herrick, Athens, GA (1986)

With Jim at Lake Herrick, Athens, GA (1986)

This morning I am feeling especially grateful for my partner  in life, Jim Hogan. Our beginning was in the Fall of 1986 at The University of Georgia when we met at Psi Chi party for graduate students. I love this photo he took of  us with the timer on his Dad’s old Minolta. It’s our first picture together. We’ve filled albums with colorful sheets of memories.

There aren’t many photos of us together during the days when my cancer lived prominent in our lives.  This poem is like a photo for me…images emerge and feelings arise, taking me back to precious moments we shared.

Comfort
By Vicki L. Flaherty

Holding me gently in his arms,
he is a refuge in my grief.

Watching quietly as my tears fall,
he releases me from my fear.

Snuggling my body close,
he is a sanctuary in my sadness.

Wrapping his hands in mine,
he encourages me to health.

Bringing me happy memories,
he supports me in my healing.

Sharing dreams of the future,
he keeps my hope alive.

© Vicki L. Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2012

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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