The Beauty of Friendship!

Honoring the Life of a Dear Old Friend in L.A. …who is not so old!

 

The Beauty of Friendship!

The Beauty of Friendship ~ December 26, 2015

 

30 something years ago I received a call from a woman I had never met.  A mutual friend connected us. Shortly after that call we met for the first time and began a beautiful friendship that lasted for many years…a decade or so.  And then we lost touch.  Almost 20 years passed before we would meet again and reconnect.  Such a Blessing from high above!  The Divine knows exactly who is meant to be in your life, at exactly the right moments. It’s rare that a friendship like ours comes together in one’s lifetime for so many years, and then separates for a while, only to reconnect years later…wiser, more at peace, and much more aware.

 

Our lives have changed in so many ways. We have both built businesses and traveled at least several hundred thousand miles or more in our growth and learning along the path. Conscious awareness, and a reality check on what is really important in one’s life has been a cornerstone for me, as I’m sure it has been for my friend.  As for me, I know my breasts are bigger and longer, and even closer to my waistline than they used to be. I know my Heart is more open and receptive than it has been for a decade or so, after so much loss and longing. I know my mind is more alert and aware than it has ever been.  I also know my waistline has added on a couple of inches. And I know for sure that I live in Grace and Gratitude every day, for everything that is.  Especially this Present Moment of Life.  I am Grateful.

 

The blessings of friendship are some of the sweetest blessings I have ever known in my Life. They gift me with a sweetness and a wholeness that makes me feel complete.  So does Nature.  Honor your close friends. Give them everything you’ve got!  Recognize their inner beauty. They are precious souls living along side you.  Love and friendship are so sacred and precious. Every person that sits at your table, and every friend that arrives in your life is a Blessing from high above.  Recognize it. Savor it. Appreciate it. These are the Diamonds in our Lives. Love them well.

 

I am aware of how phenomenal my dear, old friend Joanne is, and what an extraordinary woman and human being she has become. And she is not old…Just at the beginning of her Now Moment!

As the extraordinary Maya Angelou says:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.  I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I thank God for the Beauty of Friendship! 

“Madly Deeply Love”

“Madly Deeply Love” 

I love this phrase from India Hicks “Madly Deeply” as it describes perfectly all the madly and deeply places and spaces my life has taken me to, through each decade of my life. From the deepest darkest corners of a dark night of the soul, to the lifting of the heart through Grace, Gratitude and God! “Madly Deeply” can be everyone’s place and space in their lives, from the past to the present tense. It certainly has been mine. It exemplify’s everything great and grand in one’s life, as well as everything that one struggles with from time to time, and even throughout a lifetime.

 

Before I go on with my own story, I want to share with you what I think is absolutely gorgeous and fabulous about India Hicks. First of all, she is a very Modern Woman! India holds the reins of her own life, in her own hands and takes complete and total ownership of it all, from her family and lifestyle to her many creative expressions, including her fabulous new company “India Hicks: London – Harbour Island”. She gives it her all, in every way! Total commitment, exquisite Pizzazz, and undeniable talent…India has a gorgeous and attractive combination of vitality and glamour that touches the heart of every woman! Her authentic warmth, humor and style are evident in how she lives her life, and in every design and product she creates. From handbags and jewelry, to fragrance, gifts, scarfs and accessories, her signature style is in everything she does.  India is a passionate force of Love, Beauty, Style and Humor! Take a peek here. 

 

As for me and my “Madly Deeply” in this moment, today is the day I gave birth to my daughter.  She would have been 46 today.  But two years ago she passed through the veils of life into the ethereal ever after.  I can’t possibly tell you about the pain and grief and sorrow. I can only tell you that she is my “Madly Deeply”.  Her life still lives on, inside of me.  I know she is in the hands of God, just as I know she is also here with me, somehow… someway, over the rainbow, beautifully and intricately woven inside every madly deeply corner of my soul. She breaths my breath and I breath hers.  It is an eternal breath of life that lives on, past death, into eternity. 

 

Her last gift to me was a gorgeous enamel frame with a ladybug, vines, and crystal flowers. She is and always will be my “Madly Deeply”. I have her photograph inside this frame with ‘Angel Gabriel’ in front of it at all times. Somehow I feel she is safe and protected here. And when I look at the video of India’s “Madly Deeply” with her beautiful daughter, Domino popping up out of nowhere, I am reminded that life is full of beauty and surprises. It makes me smile and feel happy and proud to be a part of India’s Team. I am Madly Deeply in Love with it all. Thank you India for all the reminders of how Precious Life is!! 

India Hicks & Domino – Short Video:  https://vimeo.com/143421912

#IndiaHicks  #MadlyDeeply #Heritage #Love #RitaTanos #Halloween2015India Hicks with her Dog

The Madly Deeply Tote

The Madly Deeply Tote by India Hicks

India Hicks – An Invitation to join our Team

India Hicks – An Invitation to join India Hicks and our Team!

India Hicks pix; with Dog

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Rita 

The Good Life.  How Sweet It Is!

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3 Dogs in tow, Pink Sand, Warm Ocean Waters, Sunshine, and a cool Wooden Boat floating around Harbour Island in the Bahamas.  Can it get any better than this?!!