The Courage To Be Your Beautiful Self: The Legacy of Darcy Belanger
I feel as though I have been riding the head of a comet over the last couple of weeks, revealing the fiercest light and the most raw vulnerability.
Life has travelled at such speed that I have barely had a moment to process what has been charging through me. This includes the special series of daily blogs I found myself moved to write this past week.
They were sparked by the tragic death of my dear friend and colleague and the brother I never had, Darcy Belanger, two weeks ago today on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. He was on his way to the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi representing MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
In honour of his extraordinary life, as well as of our human need for integration, I offer a recap of the special series this past week in my usual Sunday blog slot.
PART 1: CARRYING THE LIGHT OF MAPS THROUGH THE DARK
I don’t often share publicly the work I do on a daily basis as the founder of Parvati.org and visionary for MAPS, and as the volunteer CEO…
PART 2: STEERING OUR SHIP THROUGH THE STORM
The storm hit early last Sunday morning, barely dawn on March 10, 2019. I woke up to learn a plane headed to Nairobi had crashed in Ethiopia with no survivors…
PART 3: THE NEW REALITY
In the wake of the tragic news, the room was quiet. People were clearly shaken, raw and red-eyed. However, a palpable unity filled the space…
PART 4: A VOICE FOR DARCY
Words raced through my mind as I lay in the dark. I couldn’t sleep, even though I only had an hour and a half to do so. The moment I settled into my pillow…
PART 5: TRUTH IN THE DARK
I woke up on Thursday morning after another hour or two of sleep, but this time with barely a voice at all. The hoarseness I was experiencing called for…
PART 6: THE UNSTOPPABLE VOICE
Throughout the day of interviews and directing, my thoughts hovered around the miracle of the paper brochure at the crash site…
PART 7: THE INFINITE LIGHT OF THE HEART
Ten light blue sticky notes were neatly stuck to the surface of Darcy’s desk, arranged in a grid on the right. But when I saw a close-up of the handwritten notes, everything stopped…
Spring is a time of change, and this one has been more catalytic than ever. I sense there are many more changes to come. In light of this, I recognize that part 4 of the Co-Creation blog is outstanding. But there may be other arisings to share here in the coming week or two before I return to them.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.