The Merriam-Webster.com dictionary defines Benediction as:
: The invocation of a blessing; especially: the short blessing with which public worship is concluded
: Something that promotes goodness or well-being
: An expression of good wishes
There are certain people in our lives that make a difference. The amount of time we spend with them doesn’t seem to matter. Each moment spent with a special someone can make a life- long difference. The Reverend William A. Saladin was one of those people. Even after his death at his memorial this past Saturday, his voice spoke to us through the speakers of the church giving us the final benediction. He knew how to bless people and be a blessing.
I knew him as Bill. He was my teacher, supervisor, mentor and friend. One of the many accomplishments of his life was to found Hope Counseling where I did my last internship before becoming a licensed psychotherapist. I left Hope Counseling and opened my private practice in 1994. After I started my own practice Bill and I did not talk weekly or have consistent luncheon dates. When we did talk or go out to lunch, it was an easy, relaxed and special time. It reminds me of the “special times” I made sure to have with each of my four children when they were growing up.
I feel a tangible power when I’m given undivided attention. Bill had that ability to be 100% present with each person he was with.
One of the lessons I’m taking from Bill’s life is his potent love. His relationship with Jesus/God was forefront in his life. He was a minister, therapist, friend, father and husband, certainly not in that order. I am introducing you to Bill in case you didn’t know him so you can get an inkling of how love is a “glorious contagion” as Eve Ensler describes it. In my book, Self-Love Diet; The Only Diet That Works, the main theme is to be aware that we are spiritual beings in our bodies, and that it is our life mission to love ourselves and our bodies in order to spread our love into our relationships, our culture and our world. Bill certainly did that. Bill used each day with intent to love.
It doesn’t matter if you are religious, agnostic or atheist. What matters is that you get in contact with the love inside of you, begin to believe if you don’t already, that you are lovable, worthy and deserving of all good things; and then share that message through your smiles, eye contact, words and actions. You can start with yourself and watch as it grows and flows across our world.
Thanks Bill for your life well lived.
“Behind is sin and virtue/Success and failure/The body worn and tired has died/The soul all bright and glowing/Onto other worlds abide/Just one word to remember please/I tried.” Bill Saladin
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.