This is the final sketch from the illustrated journal I created during the final two years of my mother’s life. Revisiting these drawings and writing about them, ten years later, has been an amazing journey. They were healing when I drew them, and healing again as I reflected on the lessons learned through that difficult passage.
I am reminded, again, of the power of journaling as a tool for reflection and insight. Without this journal I might not have had this opportunity to remind myself of how far I have come. I have learned some pretty great life lessons through my personal challenges, and I continue to learn and relearn them.
I continue to look for and focus on the good. These days, I see it all around me. My life is very good. I have so much to be grateful for.
And to my mother’s spirit, wherever or whatever she is now – Thank you for your love, and for bequeathing me with a life-long passion for learning and growth.