Welcome to Be As One.
My name is Susan and I’m grateful for the time you’ve taken to stop by and visit.
Who am I and what’s this blog all about?
As well as being a wife and mother, I am a writer, musician and graphic artist.
I have lots of interests that I pursue passionately.
Most importantly, I have dedicated my life to God and see my life through His lens, practicing my faith as a Roman Catholic.
What’s this have to do with you?
Over the last two years my life has gone through a quiet and profound transformation.
Emerging from the grief of losing my father in 2003 and then my mother in 2010, I have made some wonderful life-changing discoveries. As I learn to live them out, I am inviting you to come along on the journey and grow with me.
You may find your life changing too.
In our Western culture, we tend to compartmentalize our lives. I am a master at it with all my different roles, interests, etc, The trouble was, none of these compartments related to each other.
My life was splintered into many pieces and as a result, I was frustrated as a wife and mom, distracted at work as a graphic artist, and stifled in my creativity as a musician and writer. My spiritual life was dry. I felt disconnected, anxious and dissatisfied.
None of the compartments were thriving; I doubted my abilities and chastised myself for not doing better.
Negativity poured out of me like poison and thus, the people around me, especially those I loved, suffered.
Have you ever felt this way?
Remember the story of Sybil and her multiple personalities? While I didn’t suffer from that disease, I could relate
to all the different, and separate,
“people” inside of her.
Dr. Wilber, her psychiatrist, convinced Sybil to “meet” each person inside of her and join together as one. Sybil embraced all her “people” and became whole.
I, too, want to be whole.
Discoveries: becoming whole
As a 50-something woman, I am beginning to learn how to bring all the compartments together into a single flow, like tributaries flowing into one river:
- Wife for 34 years.
- Mother of 2 grown children.
- Graphic artist for a real estate firm (I love looking at other people’s houses).
- Church volunteer (CCD teacher, Eucharistic minister, musician)
- Bookworm (especially anything about or by Louisa May Alcott)
- Writer (2 blogs, essays and someday, a book)
- Nature lover, especially birdwatching, kayaking and the weather
- Cat lover with a female torti and a male ginger
- Politically active and concerned about our country
I am beginning to make connections inside of me (most especially with God who dwells within) and it’s helping me to connect with others and the world.
I’m learning how to live in harmony with myself, and this is translating into living in harmony with others.
I’m learning to let go and flow with the current that I believe is directed by God. This brings me great peace and empowers me to live and love boldly.
Does this way of life appeal to you?
If so I invite you to stick with me on Be As One and we’ll learn together as a community, exchanging ideas.
We’ll have some fun too, sharing our hobbies and interests.
Let’s learn to live our life in a single flow.
Addendum: my best friend of 43 years offered her best wishes and a great line which I had to include: “Love the bridge reflecting in the water, an eye to the future.” Thanks Carrie!
In my next post, I’ll share how a kayak introduced me to this idea of living life in a single flow.
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9 thoughts on “Welcome to Be as One!”
I know this journey being a woman of 50 something also…isn’t it wonderful, wild, enlightening and fulfilling? I look forward to reading more of your posts and joining you on this journey. I too feel that God is so much more a part of my life now. He always was there, but now I acknowledge and thank Him daily for all my blessings, past, present and future! See you soon… xo
Welcome! I am glad you are enjoying the blog.
Susan, I already admired your writing, but now much more. In this post, you expressed many of my feelings, some of which I hadn’t even recognized yet. I thank you and God for directing me here. I look forward to catching up on your earlier posts and continuing to read the new ones!
I’m glad somebody got it! And I’m glad it was you. 🙂 I’ve done a ton of reading about one Amos Bronson Alcott (Louisa May’s father) — he more than anyone ‘got it’ about integrated living. He was a genius with many fatal flaws (including a narcissism that put his family in peril for many years) but this man really got it with regards to being as one, whole and integrated. I would love to write about him here but nobody would read it. 🙂
Have you written about him elsewhere? If so, I would like to read it.
I’ve written about him quite a bit on my Louisa blog – here’s a link to posts about Bronson: https://louisamayalcottismypassion.com/?s=bronson+alcott
I also highly recommend reading Pedlar’s Progress by Odell Shepard — he more than any other Alcott biographer ‘got it’ regarding Bronson’s spiritual life and how his mind worked. Shepard is hardly unbiased — he can barely fault Bronson for anything when in fact there was much to fault him on (like refusing to work for money to support his family) BUT Shepard does a great job of explaining this whole integration thing I’ve been talking about. It reads like a novel. Your library ought to have it and Amazon certainly does — it’s also available either through Google Books or archive.org as a free PDF download.
P.S. I do have multiple personalities but many have integrated. I found it very appropriate that you used that analogy here.