About 6 years ago when my health was in a really bad way I contacted a woman who I had read about in a morning newspaper. This woman had lived with the same illness I was dealing with and had recovered after 5 years. I bought her book and after buying some supplements from her received a beautiful hand-written letter. She told me that my illness was a 'contract' arranged by myself before birth. I am an open-minded person and although it didn't make a lot of sense to me I accepted her comment as her truth. Over the past few years I have read Caroline Myss' work and also studied 'A course in miracles' and now seeing my illness as a contract or assignment (as acim would word such an event) makes such perfect sense. Having this awareness it is very easy to see other people's contracts and observe how they manage them.
Watching the funeral of Teddy Kennedy on the news channel on Saturday I was able to see that although he had been given such difficult tasks and challenges throughout his life; he had played the game of life admirably. Having 2 brothers' assasinated at such a young age in the glare of the public gaze he took on the role of uncle/friend to his 13 neices' and nephews'. On the day he walked one of his neice's down the aisle and gave her away to her groom his son was waiting for him in hospital. On the eve of the wedding his oldest son then aged 12 was to go through the devastating plight of an amputation after cancer ravaged his legs. Teddy rushed to the hospital to be with him before the operation. Together they set about new political reforms for disabled people in the USA.
Teddy's younger son Patrick lives with a mental health problem and found short-term refuge in addiction. Together they set about bringing awareness and help for others' living with the same stigma.
Teddy was widowed at a relatively early age and the wife he throught he'd grow old with never got to see old age. He remarried and the last 15 years of his life saw him with a woman who loved him.
It is no wonder to me that a man as amazing and powerful as President Obama stood in awe at the magnificence of a man as resillient as the late Senator Teddy Kennedy. It seems that no matter how tough life can be it's our attitude and the way we choose to play the deck of cards we've been given is what's important in the end.