Honesty & Sincerity
Honesty & Sincerity
Now a story that demonstrates the impact honesty and sincerity can have on a person’s life.
Nadine and I met when I was in my late twenties. Some friends had invited me to a psychic party where she was the Tarot card reader. She was an older lady with white hair all wrapped up in a bun on top of her head. She had sparkling blue eyes and a warm smile. We met when I needed an honest and sincere person to talk to. It’s funny how when you are in need, the man upstairs provides. I did not realize it at the time but as you grow older you begin to recognize these occurrences in your life and start to call them blessings.
When Nadine and I met, I was in an unhappy marriage with two small children. Nadine was kind, yet brutally honest when she spoke to me during my tarot card reading. It must be the way she looked at me when she read my cards that made such an impact on my soul. She could see that I had gotten myself into a bad situation. As Nadine shuffled the cards then placed each one carefully on the table she explained each card and its meaning as it related to my life. I realized that she was spot on with what was going on in my life at that time. I had gotten myself into an unhealthy relationship and she picked up on that immediately. She did however tell me that there was light at the end of the tunnel. She saw me in the sunshine and happy. She explained that her abilities came from our creator and not from her. I understood as my abilities were beginning to emerge at that time also. Nadine explained to me that even though I was in a tough marriage now that one day I would meet the right man for me. She said your white knight is coming and you will have a wonderful relationship down the road. She spoke about believing in something bigger than myself. Nadine reminded me of the saying; God does not give us more than we can handle.” These words gave me hope!
I realized driving home that evening that I did not have to live in an unhappy environment. That maybe there was light at the end of the tunnel as Nadine had said there was. I drew from her strength and realized for the first time that I was not stuck in this situation.
My family had moved out of state years earlier so when I did decide to end my marriage I had very little support. My good friend Sherry lived next door was there for me and Naomi. I called Naomi on Sunday’s for moral support. She had become a good friend to me. Because of the divorce times were tough for me financially. Even with a good job, taking care of two children and paying day care expenses with no child support was difficult. There were weeks that the money was so tight that I did not have enough for groceries. When Nadine realized that we were in trouble she invited the kids and I to her home. She said she had some things she wanted to give me. It is important that I mention that Nadine was also on her own with an adult disabled son that she cared for. She too struggled to pay the bills on a small retirement pension from the telephone company.
Reflecting on those days, I recall arriving at her home late in the evening. She invited the girls and me down stairs to her basement. This is where she kept an over flow pantry and her freezer full of food. She explained that she bought food in bulk as it was more cost effective and that there was plenty to share. She gave me bags full of groceries to take home for the kids and I. Nadine helped me with groceries several times until I was able to get on my feet. It was difficult to accept charity as I had my pride, but the kids had to eat. Naomi never judged me. She did not make me feel bad about the mess I had gotten myself into. She was however consistently honest and sincere when she spoke with me. This was at a time that I did not want to be honest with myself. She did not sugar coat things for me, she was a wonderful mentor at that time in my life. Who knew this lady that I met at a psychic party would impact my life so dramatically, but she has!
As the years passed Nadine and I remained great friends. Even after I had moved several states away we still chatted every Sunday on the phone. When my business took off I was able to send her money periodically to help her. This was my way of paying her back for her kindness to me Ten years earlier.
Time went by quickly and before I knew it Nadine was in her late seventies and in poor health. She was such a kind soul who had taught me many life lessons about faith, kindness and love. My gratitude for these lessons was so strong that when Nadine took a turn for the worst I immediately booked a flight to go see her. Even though her own children were with her I felt as if we had become family. I wanted to say my good byes in person. It was the proper thing to do.
After arriving, I was able to see her and speak with her for only a short time as she was weak. I thanked her for being such a wonderful friend to me and told her how much I loved her. It was difficult for me to leave her, but I was happy that I had gone to see her. Only a couple weeks passed when her son called and told me she had passed away. I cannot tell you what an impact this kind soul had on my life. If only we could all impact someone else’s life as she did mine.
A New Mindset: Know that there are many good people in this world who help others unselfishly. Become one of these friends. Friends like these are invaluable. They teach us that giving unselfishly will open our hearts and our minds to giving to others.
“Believe that when you open yourself up to serve others the reward is limitless. “
A kindhearted woman gains honor, bur ruthless men gain only wealth.
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.