"Be Well & Enjoy Life to the Fullest!" was the generous wish sent to me in a letter written by William Jamison, a folk art gallery owner in Portland, Oregon, who had become a precious friend.
At an event in the Beverly Hills Hotel a few weeks before receiving this note, William had revealed to me that he had contracted AIDS. It was 1994. The thought that my gentle friend would probably not survive brought tears to my eyes, and, in the midst of merriment at the party, my heart flooded with grief.
The paper I held in my hands did not offer encouragement about William's physical condition, but I was in awe of my dying friend's ability to continue to extend such generosity and positivity despite what he was facing.
As feared, that would be our last exchange.
William's message became a guiding principle in my life.
It took years for me to fully understand the depth of its meaning, let alone develop the ability to make similar choices in the face of life's difficult challenges.
Almost 40 years later, this principle and mindset for sustaining Wellness through positive choices is an important part of what I am sharing in private and group sessions (now on Zoom or by phone)
My deepest heart's wish is that I am fulfilling William's message in such a way that not only serves my own well-being, but provides inspiration as well.