One year since Deborah Leah Alvarez left this earth has meant that: 12 months, 52.1429 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600.432 minutes, 31536025.92 seconds have passed.
~Analytically speaking it means all of the information above.
~Speaking from the heart it means that all of the varying shades of the rainbow and everything in between has gathered, washed, and moved through me in this time frame.~
It has been the crashing of waves.
It is the rise and fall of the sun.
It is every first sighting of a bright shining star.
It is the moon beams slipping through cracks in my window.
It is first moments when a heart leaps for joy and falls in the realization that the one you are about to tell cannot be spoken to directly.
It is the re-learning to accept your new heart’s layer, with all its flaws and all.
It is the re-building of faith when seeking through the depths of a hallowed despair.
It is the first feelings of happiness and allowing the heart to feel joy.
It is learning that love may not be diminished by the inability of the tangible, yet transpired into the spiritual realm.
It is what Truvy said in Steel Magnolias, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”
Death has a strange way of bringing the best and the worst out of the people it touches. I have found that through my own grief I have learned to love myself in ways I never thought possible. I have learned that forgiveness is a crucial component to my happiness. Forgiveness has taught me that I do not need to seek a right or a wrong answer, but rather seek to find a state of contentedness that I dwell with and release my tethered connection from anger in order to allow the emotions to turn into love.
Never does a day go by that I do not think of my sister or long to share something with her. She was my closest friend, mentor, and supporter. What she has bestowed upon me and continues to bestow upon all of us is the love and light she shed while here on this earth. So many wonderful humans near and far have shared their love and connection with Debbie over the past year. Connectivity was something Debbie strived for. She believed whole heartedly in the fact that humans need to seek for love, education, honor, humor, forgiveness and generosity. Thank you for connecting so many of us Debbie and continuing to do so. Your rainbow touches near and far.
Through writing I have allowed myself to find solace in words that were far too difficult to communicate in person. Thank you so much to all of Debbie’s and our friend’s, our family members, her colleagues, her admirers, her blogging friends, and her supporters over this last year.
~Like waves crashing upon a shore, rays of sunshine were beamed down upon us, with which we were able to dry our tears with each loving gesture, made by all of you.~
I leave you with words, as my sister would have wanted.
For me, I leave you with a song that speaks to my heart:
May her life be a blessing: Deborah Leah Alvarez.