“I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason,
bringing something we must learn;
and we are led to those who help us most to grow - if we let them -
and we help them in return…
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true,
but I know I'm who I am today because I knew you.
It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime,
so let me say before we part,
so much of me is made of what I learned from you;
you'll be with me like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end,
I know you have re-written mine by being my friend.
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you, I have been changed for good…”
This makes me think of my dear departed Kathryn, and all the wonderful friends who were inspired by her life. She wasn't always easy to be around, but she touched all of us and left us richer and fuller of heart.
The woman who introduced me to her, Gayle, read Wicked to me over the course of several weeks, and I read the book in turn to Kathryn. The same stories are relevant to others coming from other paths... it connects us to who we are as people.
Thanks to my friend Carole for sharing these words from 'Wicked' in her blog