Blessings Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
He came to the office inquiring about an apartment.
“My wife and I are looking for a place to live, and I wanted to find out about low income housing.”
I proceeded to explain the guidelines to him…all of our units are filled from a waiting list, one bedroom apartments are reserved for the elderly and handicapped, the waiting list is about three years long right now.
“My wife and I are homeless right now, and living under the 101 bridge. My wife is dying. I’m trying to find something for her.”
I’m uncomfortable, feel helpless. I offered other suggestions of where he might go. “Those folks are a joke, worthless. I’ve been there. They don’t help. And I won’t go to a shelter because we have a dog. We picked him up as a stray and he has been loyal and I won’t abandon him.
But my wife is dying.”
Memories Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
I knew there would be days like this when I accepted this job, meeting people on the outside of society hoping for something we cannot offer and not finding anywhere else to turn.
“I wish I had something else to suggest,” I murmured. “It’s not your fault. It’s OK,” he replied.
He seemed unwilling to leave. So we shared silence for a while. And in that silence I called to the Universe to assist him in finding what he needed.
This is a true story.
I created this suite of mandalas as an honoring and a blessing to this anonymous man and his family. Like the man, I could not bring myself to break up this grouping. They all belong together. A Blessing of Memories and Dreams.
Dreams Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008