I have always enjoyed writing, and one of the top things on my bucket list has been to be published. “Thanks” to cancer, I can now scratch that off my list.
In January, on a return flight from Florida, I picked up a copy of Woman’s World magazine to pass the time. I immediately skipped forward to my favourite section of the magazine, “My Guardian Angel”, in which readers share their stories about experiences with angels. “Hey,” I thought, “I have a story to share.” (See Perk # 46: http://perksofcancer.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/perk-46-receiving-special-gifts/ ) So I jotted down some notes, sent them off to the editor, and lo and behold I am now published in a magazine with a circulation of more than 1.7 million!
My story tells of how throughout my cancer journey, my angels have made their presence known through the symbol of a butterfly. Now my story has a sequel. It happened at the Skills for Healing breast cancer retreat which I attended last weekend. We were on our lunch break on Saturday, and since it was such a beautiful day, Shawn and I took a walk by the lake, stopping along the way to take pictures. We were soon joined by a lady from our group, Faye, who offered to take our picture.
As we were chatting, Faye pointed to a butterfly in the distance. It is unusual to see a butterfly this early in the spring in Eastern Canada, so this sight was a rare treat to behold. I thought, “Come join me”, as I held out my hand. The butterfly then changed direction and pitched right on my hand! Faye, Shawn and I continued to chat quietly, so as not to disturb this peaceful presence. It stayed there for about a minute, and I proceeded to tell Faye how I interpreted this as a message that my angels are around me.
The thing with talking about your angels is that for some people, you may as well be talking about visitors from outer space. They just think you are coo-coo! I wasn’t sure how Faye took my comment until the next morning at our healing circle group. It was then that she shared her beautiful story of a near death experience in which she was visited by six angels. In that moment I knew that the butterfly was not just for me. It was also a sign to Faye that her angels are watching over her, just as they watch over each of us.
Tip: Be open to the loving presence of your guardian angels.